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[German shtroi-zuh l; English stroo-zuh l, stroi-] /German ˈʃtrɔɪ zəl; English ˈstru zəl, ˈstrɔɪ-/
a topping for coffeecake, consisting of crumbs of blended sugar, cinnamon, flour, butter, and chopped nutmeats.
Origin of streusel
1925-30; < German: literally, a sprinkling; see strew Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for streusel
  • Relax by the big picture window with a swan puff, apple streusel, or eclair.
  • Make the streusel topping for this easy crisp at home and get help slicing apples from friends at the campsite.
  • Sprinkle a layer of spiced streusel inside the cake and on top.
  • Toss rhubarb with confectioners sugar and sprinkle batter with rhubarb, then crumble streusel evenly on top.
  • Squeeze streusel between fingers to create pieces of varying size.
  • When they bake, all the streusel seems to disappear into the pie filling.
  • The pie gets a sweet and crunchy topping, courtesy of almond streusel.
British Dictionary definitions for streusel


/ˈstruːsəl; ˈstrɔɪ-; German ˈʃtrɔyzəl/
(mainly US) a crumbly topping for rich pastries
Word Origin
German, from streuen to strew
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