Strawberry Rose Streusel is a dessert full of caramelized strawberries, a cinnamon streusel on top with a soft and buttery cake on the bottom! Top this with a little ice cream and you've got a dessert that dreams are made of!
Have you been following me on Instagram? If have you, you'll know how much of a labor of love this Strawberry Rose Streusel was for me! It took 5 tries to get this recipe correct. Let's talk about it.
I had a bunch of strawberries in my fridge and needed something to do with them. I have been LOVING strawberries right now and wanted a strawberry dessert that was reminiscent of summer. This began as a strawberry and rose buckle, but my Husband, aka my taste tester, said that it needed more sauce. Strawberry sauce that is.
So, fast forward to my fourth try - I added cream cheese to the sponge to make the cake a bit more dense. It was delicious, but the sauce kept spilling out. In my attempt to get the perfect amount of sauce, it just didn't work out. So, I left the idea of this being a buckle and became firmly content with it being a streusel.
Now I am happy. Very happy actually. Happy because this strawberry rose streusel is SO good and I finally get to share it with you! Add a few scoops of ice cream and this dish is just heavenly. I hope that you enjoy!
It's a crumb topping made from flour, sugar, and butter - typically speaking. Streusels also tend to have oats in them as well. Just like this recipe. You know that crumbly stuff on top of an apple crisp, or say, this Strawberry Rose Streusel? That's what it is!
To make this Strawberry Rose Streusel, start by combining the ingredients for Streusel topping in a small bowl and mix until little crumbles form. Put the bowl in the freezer.
In a medium sauce pan, add quartered strawberries, lemon juice, and sugar. Bring to a boil and boil for about 5 minutes. In a small bowl, add cornstarch and water and stir together. Add to the sauce pan and stir. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, until strawberries are soft. Stir in rose water and allow it to cool. This is what makes the sauce for this strawberry rose streusel!
Now we make the cake layer for this strawberry rose streusel! In a stand mixer, combine flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, sugar, brown sugar, nutmeg, and salt. Whisk together. In a separate bowl, mix together eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and mascarpone. Bowl into stand mixer with dry ingredients.
Mix together ingredients on low for about 45 seconds. Spray a 9x13 baking pan with oil and dust lightly with flour. Add batter to pan and bake for 20 minutes.
Remove cake from oven and pour strawberry sauce on top of batter. Remove streusel from freezer and coat the entire pan with the streusel. Bake for an additional 30-40 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
It's SO good. Perfect with ice cream or by itself. This strawberry rose streusel is one of my favorite summer desserts!
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