Kaiserschmarrn Recipe

Kaiserschmarrn is a traditional Austrian dessert that translates to “Emperor’s Mess.” This fluffy, caramelized pancake is torn into pieces and typically served with powdered sugar and fruit compote. It’s perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert.


  • 1 cup (120g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (240ml) milk
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons raisins (optional)
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting
  • Fruit compote or apple sauce, for serving


  1. Prepare the Batter:
    • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, milk, egg yolks, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt until smooth.
    • In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter until just combined.
  2. Cook the Kaiserschmarrn:
    • Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Pour the batter into the skillet, spreading it evenly.
    • Sprinkle the raisins (if using) evenly over the batter.
    • Cook for about 4-5 minutes, until the bottom is golden brown and the top is mostly set. Flip the pancake using a spatula (it’s okay if it breaks) and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  3. Caramelize and Serve:
    • Using two forks or a spatula, tear the pancake into bite-sized pieces.
    • Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter to the skillet. Sprinkle a little sugar over the pieces and continue to cook, tossing occasionally, until they are golden and caramelized.
    • Serve the Kaiserschmarrn dusted with powdered sugar and accompanied by fruit compote or apple sauce.

Enjoy your delicious Kaiserschmarrn!

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