streu·​sel ˈstrü-səl How to pronounce streusel (audio)
: a crumbly mixture of fat, sugar, and flour and sometimes nuts and spices that is used as topping or filling for cake

Examples of streusel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then to take it over the top, sprinkle on a brown sugar-walnut streusel and drizzle with chocolate sauce. 13 of 14 Chocolate-Banana Donuts View Recipe Feel good about diving into these decadent chocolate donuts. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Mar. 2024 Don't miss inventive finishes like the corn panna cotta with seasonal fruit compote and a sesame seed streusel. Felicia Campbell, The Arizona Republic, 15 Feb. 2024 The single dessert represented on the opening weekend menu was a Citrus Parfait ($12) with oat streusel, calamansi jelly and cognac cream. John Metcalfe, The Mercury News, 7 Mar. 2024 An enormous piece of challah is served in a moat of coconut-pecan streusel with salted butterscotch syrup and stiffened cream. The Arizona Republic, 19 Feb. 2024 Strawberry filling swirls through the batter, as does a cornmeal streusel. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Jan. 2024 Nan’s Amish bakery offers more than 40 types of donuts, including rotating seasonal flavors — like pumpkin streusel — that tempt the sweet tooth of valley residents from well beyond the town borders of Loganton. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 1 Jan. 2024 The sweet, crunchy streusel—which would also be divine on muffins, by the way—is balanced by a sour cream mixture that keeps the sugar from going off the charts. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 31 Dec. 2023 This easy cinnamon recipe is made by layering the cake batter and streusel mixture in a skillet. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Jan. 2024

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Word History


German, literally, something strewn, from Middle High German ströusel, from ströuwen to strew, from Old High German strewen

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of streusel was in 1909

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“Streusel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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