Shrove Tuesday Pancake but not as you know it

Its pancake day again ! This year chose to do something completely different hence……

Kaiserschmarrn is an Austrian pancake that is cut into irregular pieces and fried until golden then sprinkled with icing sugar and served traditionally with a plum sauce( i like it with apple sauce). It was thought to be served up in the first instance to Kaiser Franz Joseph I of Austria(1830 -q1916) and there are many stories about its origins as literally translated means Emperor’s nonsense! One story is that he grabbed his wife’s dish and said ” What nonsense is this that chef has cooked?”.

Well he may have thought it nonsense but I loved it as a child on holiday in Austria. We went twice to Seefeld and Kitzbuhel in the Summer in 1980s. I went back with my husband before marriage to walk the mountains…only my husband would make you climb up the mountain and catch the cable car down! I also remember that pancake features as strips in clear soup!

I found the recipe here

4 eggs
100g plain flour
45g caster sugar, for sprinkling
150ml milk
40g unsalted butter
40g raisins
2 tbssp icing sugar , to serve
2 tbssp plum preserve, apple preserve, or fruit compote, to serve


1 Separate the eggs and put the yolks, flour, caster sugar, and milk in a bowl. Using a balloon whisk, whisk together to form a smooth batter. In a separate, clean bowl, whisk the whites until stiff and gradually fold into the batter.

2 Melt a quarter of the butter in a non-stick frying pan. When it is foaming, pour a quarter of the batter in the pan and sprinkle a quarter of the raisins over it. Fry over a medium heat for 2–3 minutes, or until the batter is set and brown underneath, then flip over and fry on the other side until golden brown. Set aside. Repeat to make 3 more pancakes.

3 Tear the pancakes into pieces using 2 forks. Put the pieces into a larger frying pan, sprinkle with the extra caster sugar, and cook over a medium heat for 1 minute.

4 Serve the Kaiserschmarrn with a little icing sugar dusted over the top, with a plum compote, apple puree or cranberries.

Well if Shrove Tuesday marks the eve of Lent ….what are you all giving up? I was thinking naughty sweet things after this dish!







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