Emperor's Pancake/Kaiserschmarren!

"This pankake was the favorite of Kaiser Franz Joseph of Austria.It is served to this day in many fine restaurants throughout Austria.I brought this recipe from my childhood with me to this country and it has become our Christmas Breakfast. I will include and ADULT Version, that I have to serve often for friends as a brunch. :-)."
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1 pancake




  • Combine flour through salt in a bowl and whisk or blend until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and set asside for 20 minutes. The flour needs to swell and get fat and happy. :-).
  • Meanwhile peel, core and sliver your apple. you want very thin slivers, so the apples cook. To keep them from turning brown. Sprinkle with lemon juice or cover with Lemon/Lime Soda. Drain and dry with papwer towel before adding.
  • Place the raisins in a small microwave safe bowl and add the juice. Cover with Saran and buzz for about 30 seconds. Set asside.
  • Over medium heat in 12-inch skillet, heat a little butter (2 T and 1 T vegetable oil). Pour in the batter and distribute the apples, raisins and almonds over the top.Do not stir.
  • Cook until the top looks set. Peak underneath with a spatula. It should be golden brown.
  • Now take two forks and start tearing your pancake into small pieces, turning them as you go. so the top side also cooks and browns. Remove from heat and serve sprinkled with fresh lemon juice and powdered sugar.
  • Adult Version: Soak/plump your raisins in dark rum or Kirschwasser. Save what you drain off and sprinkle it over the top of the Schmarren along with powdered sugar. No lemon with this version, but extra Booze is also permitted. :-).

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  1. threeovens
    This was really good and so easy. It's like scrambled pancakes with extras. Love the almonds and apples. I had to use blueberries because someone ate all the raisins without telling me! They worked very well and didn't need plumping. Made for "More Than Sauerkraut and Dumplings" event in the German/Benelux cooking forum.
  2. karamikel
    Mmmmm... Thank you so much for sharing. In the future, I'll add flax seed too, just to give it a little bit heart-friendly taste.
  3. BecR2400
    WOW! What a fantastic breakfast/brunch recipe~ used the Kirschwasser option for plumping the raisins, and so glad I did!!! Will be making this regularly at my house! Made for the April 2009 Cooking with Spirits event in the Photos Forum. Thanks Koechin (Chef)!
  4. Iceland
    Kaiserschmarn has no apples in it. You can serve it with apple compote but traditionally we serve plum compote with it. I just felt like letting you now. I rather eat it for a light lunch or decadent coffee break than for breakfast.


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