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Cherry Streusel Muffins- A German Classic as an American Breakfast food

Cherry Streusel Muffins- A German Classic as an American Breakfast food

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Cherry and Streusel…..mmmmm

Cherry Streusel Muffins are my way of adapting a German Recipe to America. Kaffee Klatsch and Kirsch Streusel Kuchen are a traditional German combination. A  slice of Cherry Streusel cake, a cup of coffee and friends. What could be nicer for an afternoon treat?

Sadly, most of my American friends don’t drop in for a piece of cake. (We need to change that! It would be more Gemütlich to sit with a friend in my kitchen than at a Starbucks). So I don’t bake a cake as often as I would like. But I do love those flavors, and I wanted to make it without wasting cake (or eating the whole thing myself).

When my kids were younger, I was often asked to bring something for the PTA breakfast, or a Teacher meeting. Ha! Now was my chance!  I adapted this recipe from my favorite  Kirsch Kuchen / Cherry Streusel cake recipe. This isn’t a traditional muffin, but it’s not really a slice of cake either. And I could freeze the extras to pull out as needed for a quick treat, if there were ever any left over. (Funny, there never are.)

The Muffin is made from basic ingredients… flour, sugar, butter, eggs…. add some vanilla and lemon peel for flavor, and bake it with tart juicy cherries. I guess you can consider it your own personal cake. (And they are delicious enough to eat two, or maybe even three).

I used Morrello Cherries from a jar (mine come from Trader Joes), because they are tart and juicy. You can used canned cherries… just not cherry pie filling, and PLEASE don’t bother with Marishino Cherries (not even sure if those things really are cherries). Fresh Cherries would work too…
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You can use Apricots, Peaches, Boysenberries or Blueberries.

Be creative…. and if you don’t want to make this recipe as muffins… you can easily just put the batter into a 9 inch Springform cake pan. Bake it longer (around 45 minutes), and you have Cherry Streusel cake.




Cherry Streusel Muffins

Category: German Foods and Recipes

cherry streusel muffins

Ingredients

    MUFFIN BATTER:
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Egg plus 3 Egg Yolks
  • 1 tsp Lemon Zest
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/4 cup Unbleached Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Jar Morello Cherries (12 oz drained 24 oz undrained 700g) (I love to drink the juice!)
    STREUSEL TOPPING:
  • 1 1/4 cup Unbleached Flour
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 8 Tbl Butter

Instructions

  • Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit
  • Line Cupcake Pan with paper liners.
  • Put the Butter and Sugar into the Mixer and let ‘er rip on medium speed. You want it to be light and fluffy.. should take 5 minutes. You have time to read a magazine article, brew a pot of coffee, and yell at the kid who was supposed to take out the garbage but didn’t.
  • Add the Egg and Egg Yolk (save the egg whites for something else) Beat and scrape down.
  • Add the Lemon Zest and Vanilla. Beat and scrape down.
  • Combine the Baking Powder with the Flour… add to the butter mixture gradually (seriously… gradually, unless you happen to look really good in white powder)
  • Beat to combined….scrape… beat… DONE.
  • Fill the muffin liners with the batter… 1/3 to 1/2 full.. should make 12 to 15 muffins.
  • Top the batter with cherries.. I use 6 on each.. no reason, six just feels right. Set aside
  • Make the Streusel….
  • Put the flour and sugar in a bowl. Cut the butter into the bowl. Using your fingers…rub the butter into the flour. It will look like crumbles.
  • Put the streusel over the cherries.
  • Bake for 20 to 23 minutes… should be beginning to brown on top.
  • Cool on rack.

Notes

Makes 12 - 15 muffins.

https://germangirlinamerica.com/cherry-streusel-muffins/

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