Plum kuchen with streusel topping

Because I come from the Czech Republic and my whole family lives there, this is where we go every summer. We usually pick lots of mushrooms and blueberries, but the wild growing damsons sadly only start ripening towards the end of our vacation. And the reason I am on a lookout for damsons is this tart.

In the Netherlands, damsons are not available, which is why I used plums, instead of the more traditional damsons. But nobody really cares whether it’s damsons or plums, as long as I do make it.

The base of the tart is yeasted, but it only needs to rise once, so it does not really take that long to put together. Not overly sweet, it also makes a great weekend breakfast.

For a blueberry version of the cake click here.

Plum kuchen with streusel topping
(My mother copied this recipe from an old Czech cookbook, but unfortunatelly does not remember which, so I can’t properly credit it)

¼ l (1 cup) milk, luke warm
40 g fresh yeast or 2 ½ tsp dry yeast
60 g (1/3 cup) sugar
500 g (3 1/2 cup) all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
90 g (3 oz) butter, melted
2 egg yolks
750 g blueberries, preferably wild

Streusel topping:
120 g (1 stick) cold butter, cut in 1 cm dice
120 g (2/3 cups) sugar
200 g (1 1/3 cup) all-purpose flour

1 egg white


To make the dough, mix flour with salt and sugar in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk in which you have dissolved the yeast. Let it stand for about 10 minutes, or until the yeast bubbles up. Add the melted butter and yolks and mix everything together. The dough is too sticky to mix by hand, so use a wooden spoon to beat it until it becomes smooth and springy to the touch. Gently pressing with your hands, spread the dough evenly on a buttered baking sheet. Let it rise for 30 to 45 minutes in a warm draught-free room.

Meanwhile, make the streusel topping: mix flour and sugar in a bowl, then add the diced butter. Using your fingertips, rub everything together until it resembles breadcrumbs. Keep the streusel in the fridge until needed.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (360 F).
Top the dough with the plums, cut side up, leaving an edge of about 2 cm. Cover the plums with the streusel. Brush the edges with the egg white. Bake for about 30 min, or until the edges are golden and the topping starts to colour.


9 comments for “Plum kuchen with streusel topping

  1. Marylou
    18/09/2017 at 15:00

    This recipe does not work. Something is incorrect.
    Is 1 cup warm milk part of the yeast mixture?.
    The doe according to recipe is very bread like.
    Not sticky doe at all more gummy.

    • vera@gtc
      18/09/2017 at 16:17

      Hi Marylou, I’m sorry the recipe is not working well for you – I’m not sure what the problem is, since I have made it this way many times. The dough should be sticky in the beginning and then less so when you knead it. The milk is used to dissolve the yeast which I do in a little well made in the flour (as shown in the photo). How did it turn out when you baked it?

  2. Nonah
    30/07/2015 at 08:47

    Hi, What size baking sheet is this recipe for?
    Thank you!

    • vera@gtc
      02/08/2015 at 16:29

      Hi Nonah, my baking sheet is 43 x 37cm I have also used this amount of dough in the past to make a large round tart and a small square one, so you can use different size baking forms as long as the total size is similar to the size of the baking sheet. Hope this helps!

  3. Heidi
    01/09/2013 at 02:13

    Thank you for this recipe! My German grandmother used to make this–I believe it is the same or very similar recipe. She made kuchen like this with various fruits in season throughout the year, but the plum was always my favorite, and only made in Aug-Sept. when the prune plums are available.

    • vera@gtc
      01/09/2013 at 17:33

      Yes, I think this is a very traditional version of the recipe. I also make it with different fruits, our favourite is probably blueberry but plums are a close second!

  4. 27/10/2011 at 18:47

    Love it;) perfect recipe!

  5. Izy
    27/10/2011 at 16:14

    Wow! That looks gorgeous, what a lovely recipe!

  6. Dineke
    27/10/2011 at 13:44

    Dear Vera,
    Looking good! Love recipes with how-to photographs :-).

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