Crafty Constance: German style streusel fruit pie

Published On: Jun 25 2012 04:38:36 PM EDT
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This is an original German recipe, which means that all the measurements were in grams. I converted them best as I could, but they sound a little different than what you might be used to.

Ingredients for Pie

1 3/4 c. flour (not enriched)

1/2 c. sugar

1 stick of unsalted margarine

1 egg

For Streusel

1 1/8 c. flour (not enriched)

between 1/3 and 1/2 c. sugar (right on the 3 oz. line)

1 pouch of Vanilla sugar (do not substitute liquid vanilla extract, just omit if you cannot find, or use powdered vanilla extract)

Cinnamon

7 3/4 TBSP unsalted margarine

Fruit:  about 2 lbs of plums,  or whatever you like: peaches, prunes, nectarines

Optional: almond slivers

Wash and clean fruit. Cut into slices, cover with cling wrap and set aside.

This recipe is similar to an American pie crust recipe, and I only know to fix it the old-fashioned way:

Pour flour on countertop, making a little “hill," pour sugar over it, make a little “well” ( indentation) on top for egg, but add this last. Place small margarine pieces all over. Margarine needs to be cold. Next place the egg on top. Use 2 kitchen knives with long blades, mix ingredients together with chopping motion until dough gets crumbly and starts sticking together. You could probably use a pastry cutter to achieve the same results. Briefly knead dough, maybe 2 – 3 times. Then place it in refrigerator for about 15 min. or so.

Grease and lightly flour cake pan or baking sheet and preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Also prepare streusels by mixing dry ingredients in bowl. Add cold margarine cut in small pieces. Use hands to combine and form streusels.

Take dough out of refrigerator and place on floured surface. Roll out to desired size with lightly floured rolling pin. Place in cakepan or on baking sheet and form about 1/3” rim. I like using my 10” German springform. Prick bottom several times with fork and top with a few almond slivers. Next , place the fruit, topping it with some more almond slivers, if you like. Now cover the fruit with the streusel. It’s O.K. if the fruit peaks through in places.

Place in oven and bake for about 45 – 60 min. Check after about 35 min. or so, and if streusels get a little too brown you can adjust temp. to 400 degrees. I usually need to do this.

If you like your pies very sweet you might want to put some extra sugar on your fruit, after you slice it. You might need to make some minor adjustments with this recipe, but I am sure you will love it because preparation is so quick and the cinnamon streusels complement the fruit so well. Enjoy with a cup of coffee and some whipped cream! Oh, and let us know how you liked it! 

 

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