Wanna know what they eat in hip Berlin and trendy Hamburg? Kaiserschmarrn. Yep, this is it. Sure, they eat other things from time to time too – but just say ‘Kaiserschmarrn’ to any German’s face and it’ll light up a treat. Unless you tell them you’re gonna cook up a batch when they’re just about to leave on a trip for a few days (sorry Kat, I’ll make more when you get back, promise!).
Well, that’s if you can say ‘Kaiserschmarrn’ anyway. In English we tend to add an E at the end (Kaiserschmarren), but that doesn’t necessarily help matters. Luckily this delicious dessert pancake is also known by a whole range of other cool names like Emperor’s Pancake, shredded pancake, torn pancake or even Emperor’s Mess. And fit for a king it is.
Originally hailing from Southern Germany (Bavaria) and Austria, these pancakes are true dessert material. They were first attributed to the Austrian Kaiser Franz Joseph I, who loved them. And with good reason.
Using sugar (yes, we know that’s a bit of a shock coming from us), they’re just delightful. They also only use a little sugar, and as part of a healthy and balanced diet we believe it’s only fair to treat yourself every now and then :). On that note, if you find yourself struggling to hit the right balance, head over here to the 30 Day Healthy Veggie Challenge.
Kaiserschmarren – cooking skills
Right, it’s that time of the recipe to learn a new skill! Whether you’re an old hand or a total kitchen noob, learning how to separate an egg is an important skill to master. It’s surprisingly easy and there are various different way to do it. Take your pick.
- First, and most fun – you can use a plastic water bottle to suck up the egg yolk, separating it from the white in the process. Here’s a cool video!
- Use your hands – let your fingers be the sieve! Easy, but wash your hands well.
- Use a large slotted spoon that lets the white drip down through the holes.
- Use a specifically designed utensil. There are plenty about. Or something more disgusting if you’re up for a laugh!
- Use the shell to separate the white from the egg – this is the way I’ve always done it in the past, and this wikihow gives a great overview of the various different ways.
Kaiserschmarrn - Delicious torn pancake
Kaiserschmarrn or Kaiserschmarren - different name, same amazing pancake. The Austrian Emperor gave this dessert his approval. It’s not hard to see why.
Separate the eggs as per instructions above and beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt and a hand mixer. About 45 seconds should do it.
In a large bowl add two-thirds of the sugar, and all of the flour, baking powder, egg yolks, milk, lemon zest, lemon juice and mix it into a smooth batter.
Now carefully stir in the beaten egg whites.
Next melt half of the butter in a non-stick pan on low to medium heat.
Pour in the batter. (If it’s too much, don’t pour in everything. Rather make a second pancake!).
Put a lid on cook for about 4 minutes until the bottom side of the pancake is golden brown, then flip.
Now tear the pancake into pieces with two forks (be careful not to scratch your non-stick pan, use plastic utensils if you have them).
Transfer the fluffy pancake pieces to the plates.
Now quickly add the rest of the butter and sugar to the pan and sprinkle in the almonds and raisins. Caramelize everything for about maximum 1 minute on medium heat, then pour it over the torn pancakes.
And there you have it: Your Kaiserschmarrn is ready!
Yes, it’s great to have chefs in the family. I harassed my brother Heiko quite a bit until he finally gave away his Kaiserschmarrn recipe. Thanks man!
Idea: You can also add all the sugar to the batter and salten the raisins and almonds instead. Really tasty as well!
IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE: Then you should definitely try out our Banana Egg Pancakes! You could even serve them as a dessert with some berries!