Apple Streusel Recipe – Authentic German Dessert

Today I want to share a recipe for a German Apple Streusel Slice. I think everyone has probably tried this dessert before if you haven’t you’re in for a treat.

The Apple Streusel slice consists of three layers. The bottom layer is a shortbread style base.  The next layer contains a diced apple, applesauce and cinnamon filling.  Finally, a delicious buttery, crumble layer completes the dessert.

Apple Streusel Slice

Apple Streusel Slice

Although the slice has three layers this is a no-fuss affair. Best of all the recipe makes a large tray of Apple Streusel Slice.

There will be plenty of leftovers for school lunches or morning tea the next day.

Apple Streusel Slice Recipe

Apple Streusel Slice Recipe

The Apple Streusel Slice can be served hot or cold, making it suitable for a summer or winter dessert. My children love to have it with a thick, hot custard but I prefer to enjoy mine cold for morning tea.

Ingredients for Apple Streusel Slice

  • 2 cups plain flour 170g
  • 200 gm butter 2 sticks
  • 1/2 cup sugar 100g
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
    APPLE FILLING
  • 6 Green apples
  • 1 1/3 cup applesauce 370gm
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
    CRUMBLE
  • 2 cups Plain Flour 170gm
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 220 gm butter

 How To Make German Apple Streusel

  1. Line a baking tray with paper.
  2. Remove the butter from the fridge to soften.
  3. Preheat oven to 350F (180C).
  4. Add the flour, butter and sugar to TM bowl. Process 1 min/speed 7.
  5. Add the egg and vanilla essence mix to combine 15sec/speed 7
  6. Place the base mixture into the baking tray and press the dough down to form an even layer.
  7. Refrigerate the base.

Apple Streusel Filling

  1. Peel and core the apples. Roughly dice the apple into 1 1/2cm cubes.
  2. Add the apples lemon zest, cinnamon and apple sauce to a large bowl. Stir to combine.
  3. Reserve for later use.

Apple Streusel Crumble Layer

  1. In the TM bowl or food processor add flour, butter and sugar. Process until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. 1min/speed 7

Putting the Apple Streusel together

  1. Spread the apple mixture over the base of the slice.
  2. Using fingers add the crumble in clumps to the top of the apple layer. You want to squeeze bits together so the mixture isn’t too small and crumbly on the top.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes until the crumbs are lightly golden.
  4. The slice will be soft whilst its hot but once refrigerated it will become much easier to cut neatly.
Portrait Apple Streusel Slice

Apple Streusel Recipe - Classic German Slice Dessert

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: German
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 534 kcal
Author: Julie

This Apple Streusel Slice can be served hot or cold, making it suitable for a summer or winter dessert. 

Print Recipe

Ingredients

Base

Apple Filling

  • 6 Green apples
  • 1 1/3 cup apple sauce 370gm
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Crumble

Method

Base

  1. Line a baking tray with paper.
  2. Remove the butter from the fridge to soften.
  3. Preheat oven to 350F (180C).
  4. Add the flour, butter and sugar to a food processor. Process 1 min/speed 7.

  5. Add the egg and vanilla essence mix to combine 15sec/speed 7
  6. Place the base mixture into the baking tray and press the dough down to form an even layer.
  7. Refrigerate the base.

Apple Filling

  1. Peel and core the apples. Roughly dice the apple into 1 1/2cm cubes.
  2. Add the apples lemon zest, cinnamon and apple sauce to a large bowl. Stir to combine.
  3. Reserve for later use.

Crumble Layer

  1. In the food processor add flour, butter and sugar. Process until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. 1min/speed 7

Assembly

  1. Spread the apple mixture over the base of the slice.
  2. Using fingers add the crumble in clumps to the top of the apple layer. You want to squeeze bits together so the mixture isn't too small and crumbly on the top.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes until the crumbs are lightly golden.
  4. The slice will be soft whilst its hot but once refrigerated it will become much easier to cut neatly.
Nutrition Facts
Apple Streusel Recipe - Classic German Slice Dessert
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 534 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 45%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 260mg 11%
Potassium 187mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 65g 22%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 29g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 19%
Vitamin C 5.5%
Calcium 3.3%
Iron 12.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Please note, the recipe is ideal for cooking in abaking tin measuring 30cm X 20cm or 12″x8″.

Please feel free to pin the recipe for later!

Another dessert I particularly associate with my childhood is Sticky Date Pudding.

Sticky Date Pudding & Caramel Sauce

Sticky Date Pudding & Caramel Sauce

To make a larger batch of this Apple Streusel recipe adjust the servings in the card above.

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