SteuselkuchenThis is the original streuselkuchen made easy with a can of prepared pie filling.  You can make it in a 9 x13-inch pan or a 15-inch pizza pan.  It works as a coffeecake, a snacking cake, or dessert.

If you do not have fresh apples, apple pie or pastry filling can be used instead.


For the dough:

1/2 cup milk
1 large egg
6 tablespoons butter

1 3/4 cups bread flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 7-gram packet instant yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt

For the filling:

5 large granny smith or other tart apples
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/3 cup water

For the topping:

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 1/4 cup bread flour
1/2 tablespoon  cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder


  1. Add the milk, egg, and butter to a microwave-safe bowl.  Heat the combination until the butter is melted and the temperature is 115 to 120 degrees but no hotter.
  2. In the bowl of your stand-type mixer, mix the flour, sugar, and yeast together.  Add the liquid mixture.  Mix with the dough hook until a dough ball is formed.  Sprinkle in the salt.  Knead for about four minutes at medium speed or until the gluten is formed.  You should have a soft dough ball, a little wetter than usual for bread.
  3. Scrape dough into a greased 9 by 13 inch baking pan or onto a 15-inch greased pizza pan.  With a greased hand, pat the dough flat.
  4. To make the filling, peel, core, and thinly slice the apples and place them in a medium saucepan.  Add the water and bring the apples to a boil, reduce the heat, and then simmer until they are tender.  Mix the one tablespoon flour, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon together.  Add these dry ingredients to the apple mixture, stirring until smooth.  Add the lemon juice and set aside to cool.
  5. Place the 1/2 cup butter in a medium bowl and melt it in a microwave.  Add the powdered sugar, 1 1/4 cups flour, cinnamon, and baking powder and stir until thoroughly combined, breaking the larger pieces into crumbles with the spoon.  Spoon streusel over the top of the filling.  Cover and let the dough rise in a warm, place for about an hour.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until the streusel just begins to brown.  (If you are using a thermometer, the bread base should reach 190 degrees.)  Cool in the pan on a wire rack.  Serve as you would apple or cherry pie: warm or cold, with or without ice cream or whipped cream.
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