The pancake of February | Kaiserschmarrn

januari 31, 2019


Kaiserschmarrn is a shredded and lightly caramelized pancake. This delicious pancake takes its name from the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I who was very fond of this fluffy shredded pancake. Kaiserschmarrn is made from a sweet batter consisting of flour, eggs, sugar, salt and milk.

Fun fact
A  fun fact about Kaiserschmarnn is that Franz Joseph got lost while hunting and that, fortunately enough, he found shelter with a poor farmer. The farmer did not have much food to offer, but his wife  put together the few ingredients she had in her cupboard. While preparing the meal, the farmer’s wife  made a mess of the pancake. When Emperor Franz Joseph asked what the farmer’s wife had made for him, the farmer’s wife answered that she had made nothing special, just an unsuccessful ‘schmarn’, a tasty pancake. In Austria and Bavaria the word schmarren means mess, rubbish or nonsense. The Emperor liked it so much that he said that it was royally delicious and so he called it Kaisers-schmarn or the Kaiser’s mess. There are many stories about the origins of Kaiserschmarrn, but what is the truth? I guess we will never find out. One thing is for sure: it is delicious! 

Back in the days
Back in the days, people always ate Kaiserschmarrn with fruit compote, mostly prunes. Kaiserschmarrn is not a complete main course but nowadays a lot of people eat Kaiserschmarrn for  lunch. And it is a delicious comfort food  on their skiing days. 

How to make Kaiserschmarrn
How do we make Kaiserschmarrn? It’s quite easy and not even that different from our Dutch pancakes. The Kaiserschmarrn batter contains a lot more eggs and a little bit of vanilla sugar. This is different to our Dutch pancake batter in which  we don’t use any kind of sugar. So, the Kaiserschmarrn batter is a bit sweeter, but that makes it even better and more delicious. If you would like to cook some Kaiserschmarrn at home you must know how to cook it. If you find a recipe online make sure you use our cooking skills.

  1. Pour 1.5 scoops of batter into the pan.
  2. Put the pan on high heat.
  3. Sprinkle a handful of raisins into the batter.
  4. Let the pancake bake until the top layer is half dry, then flip the pancake.
  5. Put the pan on low heat.
  6. Let the pancake be cooked on low heat.
  7. Then use 2 pallet knives to cut the pancake into strips and then into cubes, you can do this in your pan.
  8. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of sugar and a scoop of butter into the pan.
  9. Let the pieces of pancake caramelize in the butter and sugar.
  10. Place the pieces on a plate and sprinkle them with some powdered sugar.
  11. Optional: you can serve Kaiserschmarrn with some prune compote.


Enjoy your homemade Kaiserschmarrn or visit one of our restaurants. Kaiserschmarrn is our February monthly special so, available until 28 February. We hope to see you soon!

Bron: PANCAKES Amsterdam

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