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[German shtroi-zuh l; English stroo-zuh l, stroi-]
  1. a topping for coffeecake, consisting of crumbs of blended sugar, cinnamon, flour, butter, and chopped nutmeats.
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Origin of streusel

1925–30; < German: literally, a sprinkling; see strew
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Examples from the Web for streusel

Historical Examples of streusel

  • Brush over with egg, and spread some Streusel on top (see Streusel cake).

    The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book

    Victor Hirtzler

  • Brush over with egg, spread some Streusel over the top, allow to raise, and bake.

British Dictionary definitions for streusel


  1. mainly US a crumbly topping for rich pastries
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Word Origin for streusel

German, from streuen to strew
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