Sour Cherry Streusel with Luisa Weiss


Say this five times fast: kirschstreuselkuchen! For the non-German speakers out there, that’s a sour cherry streusel cake. Join guest chef Luisa Weiss, author of the celebrated “Classic German Baking,” for a class where you’ll learn how to make a perfect-for-summer treat that also happens to be excellent with fresh or frozen blueberries, quartered plums or sugared rhubarb. Unlike some streusel cakes, which require a yeasted batter, this one is made with a simple, quick cake batter that comes out richer and sweeter than its yeasted cousins. The decadent crumb is the perfect foundation for tart fruits, and we’ll use a lot of them: by weight, this cake is much more fruit than flour. Luisa will show you her technique to use every part of your can of sour cherries from fruit to syrup and will share tips on how to work with your fresh fruit of choice, too. Plus, we’ll cover baking fundamentals, like why it’s important to properly cream butter and sugar, the science of baking powder and the reason so many bakers have a love-hate relationship with gluten. With all that baking knowledge in hand, plus plenty of ideas about how to tweak this recipe to accommodate different fruits, this just might be the last cake recipe you ever need.

About Luisa: Luisa Weiss is a Berlin-born, American-Italian food writer. She is the creator of the blog The Wednesday Chef and author of the lauded memoir, “My Berlin Kitchen.” Her cookbook “Classic German Baking” was named one of the best baking books of 2016 by both The New York Times and The Washington Post. Her work has been featured on Cup of Jo, Design*Sponge and National Public Radio, and in Food & Wine, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and Harper's Bazaar Germany, among many others. She was also featured on a recent episode of Milk Street Radio. Luisa lives in Berlin with her husband and two sons.

About "Classic German Baking": From her cheerful Berlin kitchen, Luisa Weiss shares more than 100 rigorously researched and tested recipes, gathered from expert bakers, friends, family, and time-honored sources throughout Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. German baking has influenced baking traditions around the world for generations and is a source of great nostalgia for those of German and Central European heritage. Yet the very best recipes for Germany’s cookies, cakes, tortes, and breads, passed down through generations, have never before been collected and perfected for contemporary American home bakers. Enter Luisa Weiss, the Berlin-based creator of the adored Wednesday Chef blog and self-taught ambassador of the German baking canon. Whether you’re in the mood for the simple yet emblematic Streuselkuchen, crisp and flaky Strudel, or classic breakfast Brötchen, every recipe you’re looking for is here, along with detailed advice to ensure success plus delightful storytelling about the origins, meaning, and rituals behind the recipes. This book will encourage home bakers of all skill levels to delve into the charm of Germany’s

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