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 first time I made Cherry Streusel Muffins, I brought them to an elementary school performance. My son’s classmate came from Germany, and both her mother and Oma hunted me down to tell me how much they enjoyed them.
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).
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.
Where to find Cherries
Honestly, I’m frustrated that I can’t find the reasonably priced Morello Cherries in a jar at Trader Joes (time for a sternly worded email!) I’ve heard rumor that they sometimes appear at Aldi, but since I’m not exactly near an Aldi, that doesn’t help much. I’ve used the canned dark cherries, and they work. Check your grocery store to see what’s available. Just avoid Maraschino cherries.