Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A crumblike topping for coffee cakes and rich breads, consisting of flour, sugar, butter, cinnamon, and sometimes chopped nutmeats.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A crumbly topping for cakes and quick breads. It is made of sugar, flour, butter, cinnamon, and often chopped nuts.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a crumbly topping for a pastry
  • n. pastry with a topping of streusel

Etymologies

German, streusel, from Middle High German ströusel, something strewn, from ströuwen, to sprinkle, from Old High German strowwen; see ster-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Streusel. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If it made an impact, then the extra work to make the streusel is probably worth it.

    Oatmeal Streusel Cookies | Baking Bites

  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the streusel is slightly browned.

    Archive 2005-12-01

  • Hi Nic - I like the idea of streusel layers in the cake - yummy!

    Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake | Baking Bites

  • If caramel-cinnamon ice cream is good like Haagen Dazs Cinnamon Dulce de Leche, than adding a "streusel" swirl and cinnamon bun dough would *have* to be better!

    Movies, Ice Cream & the GIMP

  • I'm always amazed at how excited I get when I see the word "streusel"!

    Pear Raisin Streusel Bars

  • This isn’t a good idea with all cakes, like delicate cheesecakes or cakes with toppings on them, such as streusel-heavy coffee cakes, because the cakes would never survive being flipped upside down out of a regular pan in one piece!

    Why use a springform pan? | Baking Bites

  • Sprinkle each with about 1 tablespoon streusel topping, if using.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • But her dish was really simple in the way that it looks, so when you think about it, it's like, she should've had time to put it together and made it look really nice because at the end of the day, it was a sphere, a canal and I think there was a streusel and a cream on the plate.

    Top Chef: Just Desserts' Matthew: I Felt Like the Odd Man Out

  • The tart has lots of the featured ingredients from standard Anzac biscuits - oats, golden syrup and coconut - in the form of a sticky oatmeal tart topped with a layer of coconut bavarian and a streusel made out of the traditional cookie dough.

    2009 April | Baking Bites

  • Fresh raspberries incorporated into a cakey batter and topped with almond streusel.

    Archive 2009-07-01

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  • A crumblike topping for coffee cakes and rich breads, consisting of flour, sugar, butter, cinnamon, and sometimes chopped nutmeats.

    (German, streusel, from Middle High German ströusel, something strewn, from ströuwen, to sprinkle, from Old High German strowwen)

    Yum!

    June 27, 2007