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Kaiserschmarrn is a standard torn-up pancake from Austria. Thick, fluffy, comforting chunks are dusted with sugar and served with fruit compote. Good for dessert, brunch or every time.

Pancakes are a giant favourite in our household. I don’t often have time to make them through the week, once we are at school at the very least, however they’re repeatedly requested on the weekend.

Typically it’s “little pancakes” made with apple and carrot, much like the beetroot and pear pancakes I’ve shared right here. Different occasions it’s “huge pancakes”, also referred to as a person Dutch child pancake or, extra not too long ago, a peach Dutch child pancake.

Kaiserschmarrn (Austrian torn pancakes) from side

Each are very fancy in comparison with the easy pancakes I grew up with, though I did love the lemon pancakes we had for Shrove Tuesday (one of many concepts within the mardi gras meals I shared). However then there was Kaiserschmarrn once we went to Austria which was undoubtedly that bit extra particular.

A household love of Austria

My mother and father type of adopted Austria as their summer season house after I was a baby. For a variety of years we went there yearly for 2 or three weeks on trip/vacation after which each different 12 months because the habit wore off a bit. We went to at least one space specifically but in addition visited some new ones every time, exploring totally different small cities however notably taking in a lot of totally different hikes.

Kaiserschmarrn (Austrian torn pancakes) from above with compote drizzled over

In comparison with Scotland, Austria was a dream come true for a child being dragged out mountain climbing – the climate was significantly higher and there have been huts you stopped off in for lunch slightly than huddling with a soggy sandwich behind a hill.

Sausages and goulash have been the commonest dishes however one other that I at all times beloved and would sometimes have as my lunch, if I didn’t share with my mother and father for dessert, was Kaiserschmarrn.

Kaiserschmarrn (Austrian torn pancakes) with compote on top

What’s Kaiserschmarrn?

Kaiserschmarrn, or ’emperor’s mess/trifle’ is mainly a thick however fluffy chopped-up pancake, often served with a fruit compote and dusted with confectioner’s/icing sugar. I at all times had it with a berry compote, however you too can serve stewed apples, honey, jam or no matter you favor actually.

It will get it’s airiness by separating the eggs and whisking the whites and folding them in to the principle batter, very similar to a souffle. Some variations add rum-soaked raisins within the combination too.

batter for Kaiserschmarrn (Austrian torn pancakes)

Easy methods to make kaiserschmarrn

  1. Separate the eggs into two separate bowls.
  2. Add milk, flour, vanilla and lemon zest to the egg yolks and beat till combined.
  3. Whisk the egg whites till they type tender peaks.
  4. Fold the whites into the yolk batter.
  5. Heat some butter in a small skillet and add the batter.
  6. As soon as it corporations barely, flip over and cook dinner different facet.
  7. Shred the pancake with two forks and sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar.

cooking Kaiserschmarrn (Austrian torn pancakes) before it is torn up

I can nonetheless see myself having it one time on a phenomenal balcony restaurant someplace, and it’s easy, tasty, comforting heat brings a ray of sunshine to your mouth. OK, possibly a slight exaggeration but it surely’s actually good so I’d extremely advocate making an attempt this any excuse you get, not simply Shrove Tuesday.

making compote for Kaiserschmarrn

What to serve with Kaiserschmarrn

Right here I’ve made a easy raspberry-cranberry compote to go along with it. I at all times keep in mind Kaiserschmarrn served with a preiselbeern (lingonberry) sauce however they aren’t precisely widespread right here so that is the closest I might do. Redcurrants, as you may see within the pictures, made right into a easy sauce can be one other nice possibility although additionally not at all times that simple to seek out.

The sweet-tart berry taste goes very well so this combine matches completely. It’s very fast to make and low in sugar so you may ladle it on. You can additionally use a purchased compote/jam or contemporary fruit, although I do advocate the raspberry-cranberry compote right here.

Kaiserschmarrn (Austrian torn pancakes) overhead before adding compote

 This one to two-person serving of Kaiserschmarrn matches completely in a small skillet/frying pan however you may simply scale up for extra folks and a bigger pan. Nonetheless many you’re serving, take pleasure in this simple, tasty dish. It makes an excellent brunch or dessert. It’s value discovering any excuse.

Instruments for this recipe (affiliate hyperlink)

I’d advocate a small skillet, equivalent to a Lodge 8in Solid Iron Skillet for this recipe.

Kaiserschmarrn (Austrian torn pancakes) with compote on the side

Print Recipe

Kaiserschmarrn (Austrian torn pancakes)

These conventional Austrian pancakes are mild and fluffy, excellent for breakfast or dessert.

Prep Time5 minutes

Prepare dinner Time20 minutes

Complete Time25 minutes

Course: Dessert

Delicacies: Austrian

Key phrase: Austrain pancakes, fluffy pancakes

Servings: 1 -2

Energy: 578kcal

Writer: Caroline’s Cooking


  • 2 tbsp cranberries 15g contemporary or frozen
  • 1/2 cup raspberries 75g contemporary or frozen
  • 1/4 cup orange juice 60ml
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2 eggs separated
  • 1/2 cup all objective flour 80g plain flour
  • 1/2 cup milk 120ml
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/4 tsp lemon zest approx
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 tbsp butter 5g
  • 1/2 tbsp confectioner’s sugar icing sugar, for dusting


  • First make the compote – put the cranberries, raspberries, orange juice and sugar in a small pan and warmth over a medium warmth. Warmth for round 10-15 minutes till the cranberries pop and break up and the combination thickens barely. Cool barely, however it’s good serves heat.

  • In the meantime, whisk the egg yolks, flour, milk, vanilla, lemon zest and salt in a bowl.

  • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites to a tender peak then gently fold them in to the flour-milk combination.

  • Warmth the butter over a medium warmth in a small skillet and swirl so the bottom has a skinny coating. Add the pancake combination and permit to cook dinner approx 5 minutes till gently brown on the underside.

  • Use one or two spatulas to flip over the pancake. Don’t be concerned if it does not work completely (it hardly ever does – I received a pleasant splash on my shirt doing it), you’re going to be breaking it up quickly anyway.

  • Because it’s cooking on the opposite facet, use two forks to interrupt up the pancake into chunks. Permit it to cook dinner on the opposite facet round 5 extra minutes, till gently brown and cooked by.

  • Mud with confectioner’s/icing sugar and serve with the compote whereas nonetheless heat.


Energy: 578kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 22g | Fats: 19g | Saturated Fats: 8g | Ldl cholesterol: 354mg | Sodium: 270mg | Potassium: 563mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 19.5% | Vitamin C: 61.4% | Calcium: 20.2% | Iron: 27%

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Kaiserschmarrn is a traditional Austrian torn pancake. Thick, fluffy, comforting chunks dusted with sugar and served with fruit. A tasty dessert or brunch.

And though I at all times had this in summer season, after I first made it we had large piles of snow so I assumed I’d take a picture of it on our snow-mountain outdoors. The solar doesn’t give any sense of the freezing temperature. It was a fast snap earlier than I introduced every thing in and devoured it!

Kaiserschmarrn in the snow!

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