This German Apple Crumble Pizza recipe is a vegan and fruity take on one of Germany’s most popular bakery bread - the crisp Streuseltaler. It is a delectable pastry that is easy to make and is best served freshly baked straight from your oven! Enjoy the delicious yeasted dough generously topped with Streusel crumbs and fresh apple slices baked to golden crisp goodness.
¼cupbrown sugaror raw cane, coconut, or white sugar*
⅓cupvegan buttercut into pieces + cold, or sub coconut oil or margarine
pinchof cinnamonto taste
3applessliced (3.5 oz)
*Note: For best results, I recommend measuring the ingredients in grams. Simply click on the word metric right above the ingredient list to see the converted measurement. Also, make sure to check out the tips + step-by-step pictures above!
Whisk the flour, salt, sugar, and dry yeast together in a large bowl (you can also use the bowl of a stand mixer).
Melt the vegan butter in a pot then add soy milk and stir to combine. Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool down to 104°F (40°C). (Note: the yeast will deactivate if exposed to high heat).
Pour it into the flour mixture and mix using a wooden spoon until it comes together. Then transfer everything onto a work surface and knead for about 5-8 minutes until a smooth dough forms (you can also use a stand mixer with dough hooks attached).
Finally, form the dough into a ball and place it in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover it with a damp tea towel and leave to rise at a warm spot for about 45-60 minutes, or until the dough has doubled in size.
Crumble Topping (Streusel)
While waiting, make the crumble topping. In a bowl, mix the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and cold vegan butter pieces using your hands. Mix them together until crumbles form. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use so it won’t soften.
De-core the apples and cut them into thin slices. Place them in a bowl and drizzle with lemon juice so they won’t get brown. Set aside and preheat the oven to 392°F (200°C).
Once the dough has risen, tip onto a work surface and divide it into 8 pieces (or less/more, depending on your preferred sizes). Sprinkle flour lightly in the surface and roll out each piece into a round or oval-shaped flatbread. Place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper, leaving enough space between each piece.
Arrange the apples on top of each flattened dough, towards the middle. Add the streusel on top and sprinkle with a little cinnamon and brown sugar (this will also create a browner color). Bake for about 15-20 minutes (do not over-bake or they’ll get dry. It’s okay if they look a bit pale.)
Enjoy as they are or serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzle with vegan caramel sauce!
Yeast: If using fresh yeast, check out the instructions in this recipe: vegan chocolate brioche buns.
Flour: For the best soft texture, I recommend using all-purpose or light wheat or spelt flour. If using a heavier flour, such as whole wheat flour, they’ll be harder. So I’d rather recommend using a mix of light and whole grain flour.
Sugar: Feel free to use any sugar you like.
Soy milk works best for vegan baking. However, if you have soy intolerance, substitute another dairy-free milk (read further information in the blog post above).
Kneading the dough makes any bread, bun, and pastry light, airy, soft, and chewy. It's an important step, otherwise, the result may be flat and tough.
Please read my blog post for make-ahead + storage instructions, and further helpful tips on this recipe.