Kaiserschmarrn is a traditional Austrian dish made with eggs, flour, vanilla, sugar, and salt. These light and airy pancakes are much loved in winter and are eaten with apple sauce and plums.
Anyone who ever went skiing in Austria probably knows that after a morning in the snow, nothing beats a big plate of delicious warm kaiserschmarrn. For everyone who stays at home this year I have the perfect recipe for you so you can enjoy this skiing holiday favorite at home.
Skiing used to be mainly an easy way to travel through snow. For thousands of years, people have been using skis for hunting and later as a leisure activity. This shift took place in the 19th century when Sondre Norheim improved the skis and made it possible to jump, for example. Soon there followed methods to make skiing easier and safer and it started to look more and more like today’s skiing. Because there was a growing demand for skis from Europe, the first ski factory was opened in Norway in 1886.
Because of the good connection with the Alps and because there were already large luxury hotels that were mainly used in summer, the idea came to start the very popular ski sport there. In the thirties, more and more ski lifts were built in the ski resorts, which brought even more tourists to the slopes. After the war, developments were quite rapid. Special footwear became available which you attached to your skis with a click system and that is how we still ski today.
Of course, kaiserschmarrn are not the only typical Austrian winter holiday dish but it is certainly one of the most popular dishes. They were created in the 19th century for the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph 1, the husband of Princess Sisi. Kaiserschmarrn is often served with apple sauce, plum compote or jam and of course with some icing sugar on top.
Other warming winter recipes you will love
- 160g (1 1/2 cup) flour
- 30g (1/4 cup) sugar
- 3 eggs, seperated
- 300 ml (1 1/4 cup) milk
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp butter
- A pinch of salt
- Icing sugar
- Whip up the egg whites.
- Add the flour, sugar, salt, egg yolks, vanilla and milk to a large bowl and mix them until you got a smooth batter.
- Carefully fold the egg whites in your batter.
- Heat your butter in a large skillet.
- Pour in your batter and cover the pan.
- Let your kaiserschmarrn bake for about 5-8 minutes or until the bottom turns golden.
- Cut the kaiserschmarrn in 2 or 4 pieces, flip them and let them bake for a few minutes until golden.
- Pull them apart with two forks and let them bake for an additional few minutes.
- Sprinkle the kaiserschmarrn with powdered sugar and serve with some (strawberry)jam and apple sauce.
In Austria, kaiserschmarren are often served with plum compote.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 239Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 201mgSodium: 263mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 0gSugar: 30gProtein: 6g
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