Saturday, September 27, 2008

Gefüllter Streuselkuchen - A German coffee cake with filling

Streuselkuchen is a very popular type of cake all over Germany and Austria. There are many different variations, but the important part of a "streusel" is the crumbled topping. The verb "streuen" literally means "to strew/to disperse/to scatter", which refers to the topping which is usually a combination of flour, sugar, and butter.

This is one of my favorite recipes, but feel free to add whatever you'd like to the center of the cake. Fruits and nuts are wonderful additions.

2 eggs
1 cup butter
2 cups white sugar
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups bread flour (all purpose is fine)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt

Filling and topping:
2/3 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar 
4 tbsp melted butter
1 tbsp cinnamon

Marzipan (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cream together the butter and white sugar until very light. Beat in the eggs one at a time, and then add the vanilla and sour cream. Mix the baking powder, salt and flour together and slowly incorporate it into the mixture. 

At this point, pour half of the batter into a greased 9" spring-form pan. Mix together the ingredients for the topping in one bowl and spread half of it over the mixture. (I added some flat disks of marzipan on top of the crumbled layer and covered the entire cake.)

After this, pour the remaining batter on top, the cover the cake with the rest of the streusel mixture.

Bake the cake for approximately 1 hour. (Keep an eye on it for the last 15 minutes of baking. If it looks like the top is browning too much, take it out)

Guten Appetit!


The Domestic Goddess said...

I came across you blog from Pioneer Woman. Yummy stuff! I was in Germany for two weeks with my parents as a kid. My fondest memory, besides the Oktoberfest, was food: Wiener Schnitzle and Goulash Soup. Please forgive my poor spelling but I'd love to hear your take on these.

Gena in Dallas said...

I am sooo glad I found your site. My 100% German grandmother (1st generation Amercian) made so many wonderful German dishes. I look forward to trying some of your recipes.

Jen, Jeff and Jacob said...

I found your blog from Pioneer Woman! I love, love, love German food! My husband is in the Army and we've lived in Germany for 8 years...we'd love to go back! Thanks for the recipes....I'll be making the Gefullter Streuselkuchen this weekend! YUM!

Sue said...

I found your site from The Pioneer Woman too. My parents are both from Germany but they tried so hard to assimilate into their new culture that there was very little German cooking in our home. I know three traditional recipes so I am delighted to have found your site and am looking forward to learning some authentic cooking from you.

xmaskatie said...

My husband, who grew up in Stuttgart, loves maultaschen, and has promised to make it for me. Have you ever made it?
I also found your blog through pioneer woman, and I have never read a blog that had over 600 comments on one entry. Wow, great link for you!

Marcie said...

The Domestic Goddess - Hopefully tomorrow, I'll have up a simple recipe for a wienerschnitzel. As far as Gulaschsuppe goes... there are many varieties. I have recipes for a few of them. Can you describe your husband's?

Jen, Jeff, and Jacob - Let me know how it goes! :)

Sue - I hope you'll find some recipes you're interested in. If you have any requests, let me know!

xmaskatie - Yes, I have made a few different varieties of Maultaschen! They usually end up being an all-day project due to the pasta dough, but they are nice for lazy Sundays. I'll try to make them in the upcoming days with at least two different types of fillings. Is there a type your husband prefers?

xmaskatie said...

His Tante Lore used bratwurstbraet and ground beef. We have her recipe, maybe you'll give him the motivation he needs to make some this fall. Thanks.

Pastor Amanda said...

Thank you! I am also glad I've found you. I lived in Germany for a year during graduate school and miss the food. We were in the Ruhrgebiet. I'm not sure where you are, but in St. Paul, MN there is a German food import store, if you miss something specific.

A recipe for Printen would be great for Christmas. The only ones I can find online are metric.

Christina said...

Hi! I'm so glad to have found your blog. My boyfriend works for a german company with many of the employee's having come from germany either to work permenantly or as visiting from the actual german office. This will be such a fun recipe to make for them! I was wondering if you knew how to make a döner; that was the one thing my boyfriend loved when he went to germany. I understand though that it is more of a turkish dish.

Liane said...

Frohe Weihnachten!!! Meine Tochter hat Dein Rezept gefunden und diesen Kuchen fuer German-class gebacken. Heute wird sie dieses fuer unser Festessen. Alle mochten den Kuchen und sie wird diesen heute nochmals fuer die Familie backen. I thought I'd share this with you. To me, it is wonderful to see when my girls dive into the German tradition. I am originally from Berlin and came to America almost 16 years ago. Anyway.. Merry Christmas to you and yours ;-) Liane :-)