Thursday, April 26, 2012


Kaiserschmarrn, a soft fluffy pancake like Austrian dessert that is ripped into bite size and slightly roasted in a pan, traditionally served with stewed plums.

A legend says that this dessert was invented for Emperor Franz Joseph.  There are many different stories about how this dessert was invented.

The pancake itself is not sweet, so icing sugar and sweet sauce is required to go with it.  I've tried both Kairserschmarrn with and without lemon zest in the restaurants and really prefer the one with a tangy taste.  For that I've added 1 tablespoon of lemon zest in this recipe.

100g flour
3 eggs, separated
125ml milk
1 tbsp caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 tbsp lemon zest
30g butter
blueberries, to garnish
icing sugar
Serves 4 as dessert

1.  In a medium bowl, mix together egg york, sugar, milk, flour, vanilla extract and salt until well combine.

2.  Beat the egg white until stiff and using a spatula, fold the egg white in the flour mixture gently until just combine.

3.  Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat and melt the butter.  Pour in the mixture and turn down the heat to low.  Sprinkle the lemon zest and raisins, cook for about 10 minutes, checking the bottom if it turns brown.  Turn the pancake, never mind if it breaks.  Cook for 2 minutes and then started to rip the pancake into bite size.  Keep roasting it in the pan until brown but not over cook.

4.  Sprinkle with icing sugar and garnish with blueberries.  Serve with stewed plum or applesauce.


  1. This was the best recipe I have tried for kaiserschmarrn so far. My family loved it! Thank you.

  2. Hi Bindi, you're welcome. Thank you for stopping by to view my blog. Glad you guys enjoyed it!

  3. OMG, thanks for the recipe! This is by far one of the best recipes for kaiserschmarrn i have come across so far, and I lived in germany for two years! thank you

    1. You're welcome 'anonymous'. I've lived in Hannover for three years now, and haven't come across any restaurant that can beat this recipe. :-). But one can definitely get good Kaiserschmarrn in Vienna.