Kaiserschmarren: Austrian Recipe – Anna On The Clouds


The Kaiserschmarren it’s a Tyrolean recipe also widespread in Austria. It was the favorite dessert of the Austrian emperor Franz Joseph and for this reason it is often recognized as the “omelet of the emperor“. It is, in fact, one sweet omelette very simple to prepare with common ingredients that we have at home but it is tasty and perfect to recharge your batteries! Try the quick and easy recipe for kaiserschmarren which I had the pleasure of tasting during my trip to Vienna!

During my travels I love to try the typical cuisine of the place and my partner and I usually draw up a ranking of local food tastier once back home. During our trip to Vienna we only had two days available to experience the typical cuisine (we plan to return as soon as possible to recover!) but it was enough to understand we fell madly in love with Kaiserschmarren! We ate it for the first time in a typical restaurant and it literally won us over!

I had left Italy with very high expectations for the Kaiserschmarren, unpronounceable (for me) how good! I must say that it did not disappoint me but it even surpassed them! After all, it was the favorite dessert ofAustrian emperor Franz Joseph… and how to blame him? Legend has it that it was born from a mistake by the emperor’s personal chef who made a mistake in the process of the crêpes he was preparing for the whole family. To disguise the artifact, he cut the crêpes into several pieces and coated it in powdered sugar to hide the charred look. So he invented the Kaiserschmarren! Since then the emperor was delighted to the point of wanting it omnipresent on the court menu.

It’s about a sort of sweet omelette but there are those who also define it as the distant cousin of crêpes. It is however a very humble dessert since it is prepared with simple ingredients that we all have at home and consume every day. Eggs, sugar, flour and milk: these are the indispensable elements that will help us in the realization of the Kaiserschmarren.

Once back home, I immediately wanted to prepare it so as not to miss it and, between one research and another, I discovered that it is also very widespread in Trentino and South Tyrol. Furthermore, the recipe can vary according to the place of origin. In fact, there are those who add raisins and those who prepare it by scrambling the eggs during cooking, there are those who serve it accompanied by currant jam or apple compote, but in my opinion I prefer this preparation because it is simple and everyone really likes it! All you have to do is fasten your fantasy belts to fly to Vienna and try it easy recipe of the kaiserschmarren!

Before reading the recipe, take a look at the video recipe on my YouTube channel for all steps:

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Kaiserschmarren: Austrian recipe

Kaiserschmarren is a typical dessert from Trentino but also very popular in Austria and South Tyrol. Try the Austrian recipe, the emperor’s favorite!

Preparation time 10 minutes
Cooking time 5 minutes


  1. Break the eggs into a large bowl, add the sifted flour and mix everything vigorously with a hand whisk to prevent lumps from forming.

  2. Add the milk and keep stirring to combine. Then, continue adding the liqueur, a pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon of sugar taken from the total. Work to combine the rest of the ingredients.

  3. Melt a knob of butter in a non-stick pan and pour the mixture once it is completely melted. Cook for about 5 minutes over medium heat.

  4. Divide the kaiserschmarren into two parts and turn to the opposite side to continue cooking. After 2 minutes divide both parts into several irregular wedges.

  5. Add the remaining two tablespoons of sugar and let it caramelize for a couple of minutes. Serve the kaiserschmarren hot and decorate with icing sugar and accompany with jam or nutella!

  • Serve hot accompanied by currant jam or berries. Or, for the tastier version, add hazelnut cream (for example Nutella!)
  • You can add raisins to the dough as per the Trentino recipe. Just let it soak for ten minutes before adding it.

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