German Pastry

Learn how to make a German pastry recipe called Streuseltaler. The name of the pastry is inspired by the round shape of the Taler or in English called thaler. The thaler was a silver coin used throughout Europe for almost four hundred years. Its name lives on in the currencies called dollar.


Angela Schofield
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Rest 25 mins
Total Time 32 mins
Course Pastry
Cuisine German
Servings 8 pastry pieces



  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. instant yeast
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 3.5 tbsp. soft butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup warm milk


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 stick cold butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla sugar or vanilla extract
  • 6 oz. red currant jam or your favorite jam


  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3 - 4 tbsp. lemon juice


  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
  • Add flour, sugar, yeast and salt to a large bowl.
  • Heat the milk and melt the butter in it.
  • Add the milk mixture and the egg to the bowl and knead for about 5 min.
  • Add to a floured bowl and allow to rise for about 20 min.
  • In the meantime, prepare the streusel (crumbles).
  • Cube the cold butter into 1/4 – inch pieces.
  • Add the flour, sugar, vanilla and the butter cubes to a large bowl and knead until crumbles form.
  • Add the dough to a floured working area, knead briefly and divide into 8 pieces.
  • Form each piece to a ball and allow to rest for about 5 min.
  • Roll out each ball to about 5 to 6-inch diameter and place on a baking sheet.
  • Add about 1 tbsp. of jam on each dough piece and spread.
  • Top with the crumbles and allow to rise for about 15 – 20 min.
  • Bake for about 10 – 14 min. in a preheated oven.
  • Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  • In the meantime, you can prepare the glaze.
  • Mix the powdered sugar and the lemon juice to a thick glaze and sprinkle or brush it on the pastry.