Couscous Kaiserschmarrn Recipe – Shredded Pancakes (22g Protein)
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If you’re here, I’m guessing you’ve never tried a kaiserschmarrn recipe before or you’re very confused as to what we’re on about, but saw it looked like pancakes, so thought you’d check it out anyway!
Kaiserschmarrn are light, fluffy, shredded Austrian pancakes and are usually served with a fruit compote.
The dish was named after the Austrian emperor Franz Jospeh I, who allegedly couldn’t get enough of them. Kaiser means emperor and shmarrn (or schmarren) means torn or scrambled. Colloquially, schmarrn is used to mean mishmash, mess, rubbish or nonsense!
Traditional kaiserschmarren are made from a sweet batter to which rum soaked raisins are added. It is split up in the pan during the frying process and then sprinkled with powdered sugar.
They are traditionally served with a compote called ‘zwetchgenröster’ which is made from plums.
We enjoy experimenting with alternative ingredients, and so we have replaced half the flour with couscous. Couscous pancake batter is super fluffy, and is also just a fun new way to use couscous! Bet you didn’t see that one coming in a kaiserschmarrn recipe!
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Why this kaiserschmarrn recipe is just so schmarrn healthy!
How have we made this a healthy pancake breakfast then?
This kaiserschmarrn recipe only uses 1 teaspoon of butter and 1 tbsp of sugar overall, which comes to just 10g fat and 13g sugar per serving.
We have also included greek yoghurt in the batter, which ups the protein levels to 22g per servings. Protein is so important to almost any diet, because it provides the essential amino acids from which your cells are made.
But in terms of a more tangible effect, protein rich foods are super filling, so a breakfast like this will keep you going all morning! This is great if you are trying to lose weight too!
Finally, we have replaced the traditional fruit compote with fresh berries, which provide plenty of vitamins! A crucial part of any healthy breakfast.
In this kaiserschmarrn calories are kept to a moderate amount – 376, to be exact. This is a good amount for breakfast, if we’re working with the 1500-2000 kcal allowance that we use in our vegetarian for weight loss course.
If you love the look of this, why not check out our healthy take on bread pudding? Also for breakfast! And if you’re not necessarily looking for super healthy, just regular pancakes, try our original kaiserschmarrn recipe!
How to make this Austrian breakfast recipe
Shredded pancakes are pretty easy to put together – 5 minutes prep, ready in 20!
You don’t need to cook the couscous first, just mix it with a milk of your choice and the liquid will soften it.
Add wet ingredients first, then incorporate the flour. You’ll want to make sure your batter is super smooth, so keep plugging at it with the whisk.
If you want a softer, silkier pancake, process or blend the couscous before you start. This is totally optional, as the couscous will soften with the soaking and frying anyway, it’s more a matter of personal preference!
While traditional kaiserschmarrn recipes involve pancakes shredded in the pan, we stick to shredding them once cooked – it’s easier, and you can be sure your pancake is cooked through before you start dismantling it!
Serve with yogurt and fruit, dust with powdered sugar, and enjoy!
Plus, did you know this is one of our top freezable vegetarian recipes? Yeah! You can freeze the batter and defrost it when you want to whip up a batch!
- In a medium sized bowl add the couscous and milk.¼ cup couscous, ⅓ cup milk of choice
- Add to the bowl of the egg, greek yogurt, vanilla extract, sugar and salt. Mix until incorporated. Then add the flour and mix until there are no lumps and it is fully incorporated.2 large eggs, ¾ cup low fat Greek yogurt, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tbsp sugar, Salt to taste, ¼ cup all purpose flour
- In a pan melt the butter. Once it’s very hot add the kaiserschmarrn batter and fry on medium-low heat for 13-15 minutes with a lid on. Flip after half the time roughly or when the surface becomes dry.1 tsp butter
- Once cooked, tear the pieces and scoop into two plates. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with more greek yogurt and berries or fruits of choice.½ cup berries or fruit of choice, Powdered sugar
- If you want a silkier or softer kaiserschmarrn, before making the recipe process or blend the couscous grains into a fine powder. Then make the recipe exactly as indicated in the instructions.
- You can use any berries you like in the Kaiserschmarrn. Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries – I recommend whatever is in season locally!