Kaiserschmarrn can be translated as EMPERORS PANCAKE – it is one of the best known sweet dishes in Austrian cuisine.

Every family has their own recipe for the “emperors pancake” – so does Stefan and he was so kind to share his secret with me & now with all of you! I am so grateful – thank you!

Kaiserschmarrn is a caramelized pancake made with eggs, flour, sugar and butter. The Kaiserschmarrn is torn into pieces with a spatula or two forks while frying – then sprinkled with icing sugar and served with warm apple puree on the side.

The emperors pancake can be served as dessert but also as a main course. Nowadays Kaiserschmarrn is becoming a popular breakfast in some restaurants. For whatever reason you are going to order or to make it – love it!

Warm apple puree

Warm apple puree

Austrian Kaiserschmarren

Austrian Kaiserschmarren


Apple puree:
  • 5 apples, peeled
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2l water
  • 50g sugar
  • 1 organic lemon, cut in half
For the dough:
  • 120ml milk
  • 3 eggs seperated
  • 80g plain flour
  • organic lemon zest
  • 40g + 15g white sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2cl rum


  • Start with the homemade apple puree. Cut the peeled apples into quarters.
  • Use a high pot and add the apples, water, cinnamon stick and the halved lemon and bring to the boil.
  • Let it cook for about 15 minutes then take out the cooked apples and put them in a mixer – add some water if necessary – blend until smooth. Lemons and cinnamon stick can be thrown away.
  • Use a big bowl and add the milk. Separate the eggs – egg yolk can be put in the bowl with milk. Add the flour and sugar. Rub a little organic lemon zest into the batter.
  • Beat the egg whites in an extra bowl until stiff using a whisk. Stefan suggest to do it by hand because it’s much faster. Why beating the egg whites? Because it should get extra fluffy.
  • Use a large nonstick skillet and add 1 tablespoon butter on medium heat. When the butter is melted fold the beaten egg whites carefully into the batter using a cooking spoon. It is not necessary to mix it equally.
  • Put the batter in a skillet and cook until golden brown – then using a spatula cut the Kaiserschmarrn in quarters and turn. Let it cook until the other side is set. Use 2 forks or the spatula to break the mass into small pieces and continue cooking until golden brown.
  • Make a little hole in the middle of your skillet – add 15g sugar and wait until it starts to caramelize then add 1 Tablespoon butter and the rum. Mix everything together.
  • Serve on a big plate and sprinkle with icing sugar. Add the apple puree on a small bowl. Decorate with fruits – whatever you desire or you have in your fridge.


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