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The „Kaiserschmarrn“ is one of the most famous Austrian Desserts. Please find below some interesting facts and the receipt for this sweet Classic.


It is generally agreed that the dish was first prepared for the Austrian Emperor Francis JosephI (1830–1916). There are several stories. One apocryphal story involves the Emperor and his wife, Elisabeth of Bavaria, of the House of Wittelsbach. Obsessed with maintaining a minimal waistline, the Empress Elisabeth directed the royal chef to prepare only light desserts for her, much to the consternation and annoyance of her notoriously austere husband. Upon being presented with the chef’s confection, she found it too rich and refused to eat it. The exasperated Francis Joseph quipped, “Now let me see what ‘Schmarren’ our chef has cooked up.” It apparently met his approval as he finished his and even his wife’s serving. Another story is that Francis Joseph and his wife were traveling the Alps and stopped by a farmer’s home for lunch. The farmer was so nervous that he threw all the fanciest ingredients he had into a pan to make a delicious pancake; worse yet, due to his nervousness and shaky hands he scrambled the pancake. Hoping to cover up the mess he then covered it with plum jam. Luckily, the kaiser thought it was scrumptious. Another popular tale is that his wife was a poor cook and couldn’t flip a pancake efficiently. She decided to play to her strengths and shred the pancakes altogether and would serve them up to the Kaiser on a regular basis with jam. He liked them with jam. It was his favourite dessert Ingredients for 2 People:
  • 3 Eggs
  • 250 ml Milk
  • 120 g Flour
  • 300 g granulated Sugar
  • 50 g Raisins
  • 40 g Butter
  • 1 cl Rum
  • Powdered Sugar


Heat Up the oven to 280 degrees. Mix Milk, Flour, granulated Sugar and Rum well, the best is to use a hand-held blender. Add the eggs and mix again. Prepare a pan on the Stove an put in the butter. Heat it up. Put in the raisins and roast them for some seconds, then put in the dough and leave it for app. 30 seconds. Afterwards put the pan into the oven and leave it for 4 minutes. Turn around and dredge some granulated sugar on it. Again into the oven for 4 minutes. Put out the pan from the oven and tear into pieces. The „Kaiserschmarrn“ in served on a plate with Powdered Sugar and Stewed Plums. Enjoy!