Kaiserschmarrn, a traditional Austrian dish

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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 “scrambled pancake” 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

A true and tried original Austrian recipe is below:

  • 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

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

  • With raisins in a bowl, mix with the rum and let stand for approx. 15 minutes. Separate the eggs and place the yolks in a mixing bowl. Pour in the milk, flavor 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 minute. Put in oven bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the pre-heated oven, on 400 F until golden brown. See YouTube on the bottom.
  • 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.
  •  Served with Berry, Fruit or Apple sauce

Here is some guidance how to cook a Kaiserschmarrn

I love my Butter Butler, where you can spread in ribbons. It can be purchased here:

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