German Streusel Cake With Cherries
This easy German streusel cake recipe features a cherry filling. The crust is made with flour, sugar, butter, eggs, baking powder, and butter.
- Serves: 10 persons
- 1 ½cups washed and pitted sweet or tart cherries
- 1 ½cups cherry juice mixed with water from fresh cherries or cans
- 1(3 oz.) package U.S.-style vanilla pudding (NOT instant)
- 3 ⅓cups/400 grams all-purpose flour
- 1cup of sugar
- 1tablespoon vanilla sugar
- ¼teaspoon double-acting baking powder
- ¼teaspoon salt
- 7ounces/250 grams cold butter
- 2large/100 grams room-temperature eggs
- Optional: confectioners sugar
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Wash and pit fresh cherries to make about 1 1/2 cups (about 1 pound) and save any juice that comes off the fruit.
Step 3Measure juice from cherries and add water or juice to make 1 1/2 cups.
Step 4Prepare pudding according to the directions, but with juice, NOT milk. If you do not have pudding mix, combine 3 tablespoons of cornstarch, 4 tablespoons of sugar and some vanilla extract and cook into a pudding.
Step 5After pudding thickens, stir in cherries and cook for one minute. Remove from heat and set aside while you prepare the streusel.
Step 6In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, vanilla sugar, salt, and baking powder.
Step 7Add cold butter chunks and the eggs. Mix by either rubbing the ingredients together with your hands as for pie dough or use a mixer on low speed until crumbs form.
Step 8Preheat oven to 350 F.
Step 9Assemble the streusel cake: Press 2/3 of the crumbs into the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of a buttered, 9-inch springform pan . Make sure the dough is packed and no holes are visible. If you do not have a springform pan, use a 9-inch deep-dish pie pan or maybe 2 (8-inch) pie pans.
Step 10Pour the fruit on top of the unbaked crust. Do not fill above your crust, even if you have filling left over.
Step 11Using the rest of the dough, crumble streusel over the top.
Step 12Bake for 45 to 55 minutes. Cool completely before serving or the filling will be runny.
Step 13You can sprinkle a little confectioners' sugar over the top for a nice presentation.
Step 14Serve with whipped cream or ice cream and enjoy!