Kaiserschmarrn is a sweet Bavarian / Austrian dish. It is a variation on the pancake, where the airy character comes from stiffly beaten egg whites that are stirred.
There a two legends about the origin of the word Kaiserschmarrn. Both have to do with Emperor Franz Joseph who lived from 1830 to 1916 in Austria.
One legend says that Emperor Franz Joseph was once a ‘lumberjack’schmarrn presented during a hunt. This was specially prepared for him, with the most delicious ingredients. Because this Schmarrn was specially devised for him , this dish finally got the name Kaiserschmarrn .
The other legend is also fun and plausible. Emperor Franz Joseph liked pancakes for dessert. These were often too thick and he didn’t like that, so he had much grief ( Schmarrn ). To make him a happy Emperor again the pancakes were quickly cut into pieces.
Have you ever had them during your stay in Austria? And if so, did you like it? You don’t have to wait until your next visit to Austria. Below you find the recipe to prepare your own Schmarrn at home.
Ingredients for 4 servings Kaiserschmarrn:
4 eggs, yolks and whites separated
125 ml. milk
100 gr. sugar
1 pinch of salt
125 gr. flour
100 gr. raisins
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
400 gr. applesauce
Keep in mind 10 minutes to prepare and 5 minutes cooking time . In 15 minutes the magic is there!
Watch chef Franz from the Stoagrub´n Skihütte in Hopfgarten, Wilder Kaiser. How to prepare Kaiserschmarrn