The best Kaiserschmarrn recipe

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The world's best Kaiserschmarrn! Good food and drink starts with cooking together. Especially for children it is nice to spend free time with the family in the kitchen. Delicious recipes such as the world's best Kaiserschmarrn are not only fun to prepare, but all big and small chefs enjoy it!
The best Kaiserschmarrn recipe - Kaiserschmarrn with apple compote© Tinieder / depositphotos

What is Kaiserschmarrn - and why is it called that?

Whoever hears Kaiserschmarrn usually automatically thinks of winter, mountains and evenings spent together in a mountain hut. The pastry is one of the most famous dishes in Austrian cuisine. When the small pieces of dough lie on the plate dusted with icing sugar, they look like holidays on a plate: Snow-covered mountains, preferably situated at a lake of stewed apples or vanilla sauce.

Colloquially a rubbish or nonsense is a "nonsense". But the Austrian dialect also uses the term "Schmarrn" to describe all dishes that are torn into small pieces before serving. There are many legends about the origin of the traditional dish, but truth is probably in this one:

In 1854 a sweet pancake (pancakes, pancakes) was to be served to the Austrian Empress Elisabeth. However, the pancake fell apart when served and the court chef Leopold tried to save the sight with icing sugar and plum compote. The Empress did not like it, but her husband, Emperor Franz Joseph, said: "Give me that rubbish that Leopold has prepared! Because the Emperor liked it so much, everyone at court soon spoke of Kaiserschmarrn.

Feasting like the Emperor - for children and adults alike!
Recipes for the Schmarrn are available in many variations, this is the classic version with apple compote:

Ingredients for 4 persons:
- 500g apples (+ 1 for snacking if you cook with children)
- 100g sugar
- Cinnamon
- 150 ml light grape juice (rosé wine if you are cooking without children)
- 4 eggs
- 60g butter
- 120g flour
- 250ml milk or milk alternative (coconut milk is not suitable)
- Salt
- Icing sugar to your liking (How about golden glittering icing sugar?)

Wash apples, remove seeds and cut into small pieces. If you like, you can peel the apples - the taste is usually fuller with peel. Simmer apple pieces with 70g sugar, cinnamon and grape juice at medium heat for 5 minutes, put aside to cool. Separate eggs, melt 30g butter. Mix egg yolks, melted butter, flour, milk, 10g sugar and a pinch of salt with a hand mixer.

Beat the egg white with 10g sugar until stiff, fold into the dough. Melt 10g of butter in a suitable pan and add the dough. After 3-4 minutes turn over medium heat, bake for another 2-3 minutes. Tear into pieces - best with two forks. Sprinkle 10g butter and sugar over each and fry until golden brown. Dust with icing sugar and serve with apple compote.

Variations for the leisure cooks:
-Bake the raisins in the dough,
-Whip the plum jam with whipped cream and serve with it
-Pass the vanilla sauce separately
- For adults: use advocaat as topping
Since food and drink belong together: A good, fresh rosé goes with Kaiserschmarrn just as well as coffee - and for children, a heated grape or blueberry juice.
The best Kaiserschmarrn recipe - a Kaiserschmarrn with raisins© Tinieder / depositphotos

Enjoy together
Good recipes are only half of the pleasure - the other half consists of commonality and atmosphere. Rural earthenware dishes, colourful chequered napkins and an untreated wooden table - this is how Kaiserschmarrn looks like after a short trip to the Alps. It is especially cosy for children when the pan with the Schmarrn is placed directly on the table and everyone helps themselves to it. This way, cooking becomes a nice meal together in a family environment.

Kaiserschmarrn can also score points in summery temperatures: Vanilla ice cream fits perfectly! With such delicious food and drink, it's unlikely that anything will be left over. If there is: Just put the leftovers in a lunch box and take it with you to work or school the next day: The Kaiserschmarrn tastes cold too and then gives you an extra feeling of free time during your lunch break!

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