Today it’s time to make this Kaiserschmarrn Recipe! Kaiserschmarrn is an Austrian dessert made of scratch pancake pieces and coated with powdered sugar. My variation is with freshly picked wild blueberries, but you can make the foolproof easy Kaiserschmarrn dessert plain too.
Learn how to make this Kaiserschmarrn recipe with the step by step instructions and tips further below:
I wasn’t sure how to call this scrumptious dessert in English, so I just decided to call it the way we do in Austria, a Kaiserschmarrn. Check out the Pronunciation of Kaiserschmarrn, I just couldn’t figure how to write it down to an English speaking person. In Devnagiri Indian script it would be written as follows कैसेरसचमार्र्ण (if that can assist anybody out there!)
So, What is a Kaiserschmarrn?
A Kaiserschmarrn (Kaiser means Emperor | Schmarrn translates as shredded Pancake/nonsense) or simply Schmarrn is a shredded pancake in Austria and in the former countries that belonged to the empire a 100 years ago.
The late emperor Franz Joseph, of the house of Habsburg, was quite fond of this shredded pancake. The dish was specially created and invented for the emperor by one of his chefs, and therefore the ruler was the name giver to the scrumptious sweet fluffy pancake dessert.
The Kaiserschmarrn is a name from Vienna for the dish, in the alpine Tyrolean mountains it is better known as Miasl. Why do I mention the different German names you wonder? Well, actually a Schmarrn is prepared by separating the eggs and beating the egg whites fluffy.
The Alpine Miasl on the other hand seems to be an easier version where the eggs are just simply mixed whole into the batter, or so I was told by my father who enjoyed my grandmother’s sweet blueberry Miasl (locally known as Moosbeermiasl) as a kid.
You simply shred the pancake while frying it golden and before you serve it still warm, cover with a layer of powdered sugar.
So, the Kaiserschmarrn recipe with blueberries is a seasonal dish. However, if you want, you can just use raisins or add nothing at all into your pancake dough. The fresh wild blueberries get smashed and turn the Kaiserschmarrn dark purple.
How to make Kaiserschmarrn?
When preparing the dough make sure that there are no lumps left. The dough should be smooth, towards a semi liquid consistency, so that you can easily pour it into a pan and turn the pancake before breaking it into smaller pieces.
Make sure to use only butter for the frying! The flavor is the trick to a tasty Kaiserschmarrn.
Breaking the pancakes is my favorite part!
Because after all you don’t need to make a perfect looking flat pancake. That means the Kaiserschmarrn recipe is a foolproof pancake recipe, perfect for beginners and for those with a huge sweet tooth.
Just break it apart into bite size pieces. Let’s get crazy, let your inner animal out!
I love to make Kaiserschmarrn after a busy day, when I crave something sweet and I want it pronto. It’s a no-brainer one-pan dessert!
Serve hot and don’t forget the powdered sugar over the Kaiserschmarrn, it’s like a blanket of snow covering the alpine glaciers.
Kaiserschmarrn Recipe with Blueberries – Foolproof Easy Scratch Pancake Dessert from Austria below:
- 150 grams sifted All Purpose Flour or 1½ cup, 5.3 oz
- 50 grams Sugar or ¼ cup, 1.8 oz
- 2 Tablespoon Butter
- 130 milliliter Milk or ½ cups, 4.4 oz
- 2 Eggs
- 170 grams fresh Blueberries or 1¾ cup, 6 oz
- 2 Tablespoon Butter
- Powdered Sugar
- First combine the dry ingredients together, flour and sugar. Then continue to add in the butter, milk and eggs.
- Mix the whole content well until you have a smooth batter without lumps. Then add the fresh and clean blueberries.
- Heat up a pan and add the butter. For a big frying pan pour about 3 ladles full of berry batter mixture into the pan for a small pan about 1½-2 ladles full. Spread the batter quickly evenly by tilting the pan to all sides.
- After a few minutes or until you can see that one side is cooked and golden, turn the pancake carefully to cook the other side as well.
- Once cooked, start breaking the pancake into smaller pieces. While breaking the pancake into a schmarrn you will notice that the blueberries will break. That's fine and it will turn the color of the pancake pieces into a dark purple shade.
- Once you are done, place the hot Kaiserschmarrn into a plate and dust with powdered sugar
More decadent desserts to try 🍰
- Vanilla Flan
- Buchteln stuffed with Hazelnut paste covered with homemade Vanilla Sauce
- Poppy Seed Stollen Roll
- Creamy Shirkhand with Saffron and Pistachio
- Pocket Madeleine Cakes with Orange Blossom Water
- Mini Apple Strudel
- Alebele – Goan Coconut Pancake
More Austrian specialties 🇦🇹
- Chicken Schnitzel
- Jägerschnitel aka Hunter Schnitzel with Chanterelle Mushrooms
- Beef Goulash
- Spätzle noodles made from scratch
- Veg Consomme Clear Soup with Grießnockerl aka Semolina Dumplings
- Vanillekipferl – Vanilla Crescent Shaped cookies
- Marillenknödel – Sweet Apricot Dumplings
- Esterhazy Torte
Dear Reader, have you ever had Kaiserschmarrn, scratch pancakes?
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