I have been waiting for these cute red fruits hit the shelves.
Yes! Rhubarb and strawberry! Time for Streuselkuchen.
Streuselkuchen (crumb cake) is one of the most popular cakes in Germany which is usually made of sweet yeast cake dough topped with crumb referred to as streusel. Often fresh fruits, fruit jam or cream is filled between the cake and the streusel. Any fruits except the ones having too much water, say, watermelon, will make good Streuselkuchen but the combination of Rhubarb and strawberry is the summer killer. I would say apple and cranberry will be called for in fall – winter.
For cake dough;
Flour, 6.3 oz (180g)
Active dry yeast, 1/2 package (4g)
Sugar, 2 tbs (30g)
Milk or half and half, 2.5 oz (70cc)
Butter, softened, 2tbs (30g)
For topping crumb;
Butter, softened, 3.5 oz (100g)
Sugar, 3 oz (80g)
Flour, 3.5 oz (100g)
A pinch of salt
Your favorite fruits 1 lbs
Sugar 2-3 tbs
What to do :
1) In a large bowl, combine all the cake dough ingredients and mix. When well combined, kneed until a soft, smooth dough forms by using a stand mixer, a bread machine or your own hands.
If you use regular yeast, heat the milk until lukewarm and dissolve yeast. Let stand for 5 minutes and use.
2) Place the kneaded dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 60 minutes or until puffy and nearly doubled.
3) While the dough is rising, prepare the streusel by mixing together the softened butter, flour and sugar. Do not kneed, stir just until combined. Let stand in a fridge.
4) Clean, peel and cut rhubarb and strawberry into small bite size respectively.
5) Punch down and roll out dough to fit the size of your baking dish. Transfer dough to the lightly greased baking dish. Prick the dough all over with a fork.
6) Spread the cut fruits and sugar all over the dough, sprinkle the streusel evenly.
You may think both fruits and streusel are too much. No, never.
7) Preheat oven to 360°F (180°C), bake 30-40 minutes or until streusel is golden and smells heavenly.
Cool the cake at room temperature. Cut and serve when cooled.
I have tried many other kinds of fruits such as Italian prunes…
strawberries and blueberries…
…and apple & cranberries.