Kaiserschmarrn, a traditional Austrian dish

Kaiserschmarrn with berries, Austrian dish

While strolling through the cobblestone streets of Vienna, Austria, we stopped for lunch at Café Central (est. 1876) for some original Austrian food. The waiter highly recommended this Austrian dish

Kaiserschmarrn, Austrian dish

Kaiserschmarrn is an original Austrian sweet dish, made from Palatschinken (pancake) dough. It was created for Kaiser Franz Joseph and Elisabeth (Sissi) in 1854. He always said “geb mir mal den Schmarrn her” so it was named Kaiserschmarrn thereafter

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You need an oven safe pan (400 F). Here are some of my recommendations:


Category: Main Entree
Cuisine: Austrian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Served with berry or fruit compote, or apple sauce


  • 6 eggs
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 1.5 cups sifted all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp table sugar, for the topping
  • 2 tbsp raisins (optional)
  • 1 packet vanilla sugar, or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • a dash of rum
  • some grated lemon zest
  • a pinch of salt
  • approx. 3 tbsp butter for frying
  • 1 tbsp of butter shavings and sugar, for caramelizing
  • confection sugar and cinnamon for dusting


  • Place raisins in a bowl, mix with the rum and let stand for approx. 15 minutes.
  • Separate the eggs and yolk, and place the yolks in a mixing bowl.
  • Pour in the milk, flavored with some grated lemon zest and vanilla extract, and add the sifted flour. Mix to a smooth dough.
  • Beat the egg whites together with the sugars, add a small pinch of salt. Beat until it forms a firm peak, and fold into the dough mix.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 400 F.
  • Melt the butter in a heatproof (coated) pan. Pour in the mixture, and after 1–2 minutes on medium high heat, sprinkle the soaked raisins over the top. Cook on stove top for another 2 minutes.
  • Put the pan into the oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the pre-heated oven on 400 F until golden brown.
  • Tear the Kaiserschmarrn into small pieces, using two forks. Sprinkle butter shavings over the top, add some table sugar, and caramelize in the broiler under high top heat for about 2 min
  • Lastly, remove from the oven, then arrange on pre-heated plates. Dust with confectioners sugar and if you like, cinnamon.

Nutrition information

4 to 6 people
Serving Size: 1 small plate

See a little instructional video on the bottom

For this recipe you need an oven safe frying pan. I have found some and more, and you can order them here:

Here is some guidance how to cook a Kaiserschmarrn

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