Easy to Make Tasty to Eat Crumb cake is one of the oldest and traditional recipes. Reckoned as Streuselkuchen; where Streusel means ‘crumb’ and Kuchen refers to ‘cake’. The dessert was born in Poland and is now prepared and served throughout the world with adaptations. The baking family recognizes it as a flat one-inch fermented dough, coroneted with a thick crumbly topping.
Preparation of a crumb cake is an easy process; however, many ingredients are involved in the making. The two-stepped method includes, the making of a flat dough and a crumbly topping separately; which are then backed together.
The mellow, dense and divine dessert can be served at breakfast, brunch or can be enjoyed at any hour.
The topmost part of a crumb cake is the thickest layer, after which the desert is named. The preparation is a swift process that can involve various ingredients. Sugar, butter, all-purpose flour (1:1:2 ratio) are the basic ingredients. However, depending on your taste buds you could even add crushed pistachios, almonds, cashews or cinnamon. Mix sugar, butter and cinnamon in a bowl and pour the contents into the all-purpose flour. Get your hands to mix the contents for a better consistency of the crumbs.
Once your crumb top is ready, let the preparation sit for a considerable time of 30 minutes.
The prepared streusel can also be combined with muffins, puffed pastries, coffee cakes or apple crisps.
The Traditional Crumb Cake Recipe
The core ingredients are flour, shortening, egg yolks, milk, baking powder and salt. It is recommended to use the cake flour for the dough. These ingredients are mixed together to form a smooth and consistent batter. For better results, the dough is allowed to rise for 30 to 40 minutes. Once ready, the slurry is then poured into a flat oven tray and the streusel is spread on the top. The combination is baked at 325 degrees for 45 minutes.
This German dessert can be crowned with whipped cream and topped with cherries to entice the taste buds. It can also be candied with caramel and chocolate sauce to enhance the sweet tones.
Variants and fillings
The Crumb Cake Recipe can also be prepared with various fillings, mostly fresh and sour fruits such as berries, rhubarb, cherries, gooseberries, or adding a shortening to the dough. At times, yeast is replaced with the use of baking powder. The recipe is evolved to use apricots or dry fruits to make it more delicious. Culinary experts add a ribbon or layers of species, coconut, sweet cream, jam, dried fruits, etc. to make the desert luscious and tastier. Some preparations also recognize the subtle use of ginger or a lemon rind in the base layer of crumb cake.
Eat the Sweet and share the joy!
Crumb cake is a healthy dessert with notable calorific value. However, added butter and sugar might drastically increase the kilojoules of a health conscious person. But a pie of this super-licious dessert; once in a while, would definitely satiate any sweet tooth!