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German Streuselkuchen

crumb cake

Happy month of love everyone!! Last week was crazy busy getting things in order for my hubby’s 30th birthday on the weekend. It was a great weekend and after eating too much pizza, candy and cake and sleeping too little I’m ready for a relaxing week this week. I’ll post all the details of his b-day soon!

Speaking of cake….. several times a year my hubby’s Oma comes into town from Edmonton and every time she comes she fires up the in-laws stove, slaps on her apron, and starts baking…. like mad! She makes dozens of cakes, cookies and other goodies and always leaves them behind for the family to enjoy. But my favorite is definitely her homemade Streuselkuchen. It is a simple cake made of sweet cake dough and sugary crumbs…. what’s not to love about that?!

So one of the times she came last year I decided to join in the baking adventure to learn the recipe. She has a very strong German accent and speaks part English and part German, all the while assuming I understand her….haha.  She is a little spitfire so I had to keep on my toes to stay up to speed while she was buzzing around the kitchen. And like all seasoned grandma bakers…. traditional recipes are always a little bit of this, a little bit of that, it’s gotta feel right and look right and most times I don’t think she uses measuring cups. So after many “huh’s?” and “what did you say?” I got the recipe copied out as best as I could! I hope you like it.

Ingredients

Cake Dough

  • 1 cup + 5 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • lemon peel (1 whole lemon)
  • juice from whole lemon

Crumbs

  • 1 lb unsalted butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla sugar

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350. For cake dough cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and slowly mix in dry ingredients to form soft dough. Add lemon and lemon juice. Press into bottom of two lightly greased pie pans.

2. Mix crumb ingredients together and crumble into small pieces on top of dough. You can also add a filling before the crumb topping like apricots, apples, pears, plums, cherries, or peaches.

3. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until golden brown.

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Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting. ~Author Unknown

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