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Kaiserschmarrn with Apples : the Emperor’s favorite dessert

Good morning, everyone! Like every 20th of the month, here we are again with Around the world with apple sweets, edited with my friends Miria from the blog Due amiche in cucina and Simona from the blog Pensieri e pasticci. This month I chose an absolutely extraordinary dessert, which I never thought I would appreciate so much. I prepared  Kaiserschmarrn with Apples, a delightful surprise for me and my family! I didn’t know this “Emperor’s sweet omelette” at all, except for having seen it on a few websites here and there on the Internet.

Kaiserschmarrn is a traditional dessert from Alto Adige and Tyrol, it is simple and quick to prepare, with few ingredients and will win over the whole family! It’s sort of midway between a giant pancake and an omelette. It is not too sweet and its “torn” presentation is characteristic. It seems that this delicacy was the Emperor Franz Joseph’s favourite dessert and that it was the result of an error made by his court chef. Legend has it that the cook was supposed to prepare a crepe, and that for a distraction he broke it. So, to repair the damaged treat, he sprinkled the broken pieces with sugar and served them to the emperor. Franz Joseph was pleasingly astonished and you will be too!

the recipe for kaisersmarrn with apples

I was inspired for this Kaiserschmarrn with apples by the book “Mele e torte di mele” by Lorena Fiorini, a bible of apple cakes with a lot of recipes from around the world. The addition of apples in Kaisersmarrn gives even more moistness and makes this sweet omelette a real delicacy! It can be accompanied as tradition wants, with berry jam or with a compote of apples or plums. It is asbsolutely amazing served warm for breakfast!

Kaiserschmarrn with apples

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By unamericanatragliorsi Porzioni: 6
Preparazione: 15 minutes Cottura: 10 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes

A delicious giant pancake/omelette with apples in the batter, typical of Alto Adige and Tyrol.


  • 2 large apples, peeled and cut into thin slices
  • 90 g plain flour
  • 180 ml milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 50 g sugar
  • 100 g butter
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons raisins, soaked and gently squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • To serve:
  • Icing sugar
  • berry jam



Melt 50 g of butter in a non stick pan and add the apple slices. Cook until tender but not mushy.


Set aside and let cool.


Whip the egg whites with 20 g of sugar until stiff.


Whip the egg yolks with the remaining 30 g of sugar, salt and vanilla.


Add the flour to the egg yolk mixture in several steps, alternating with the milk, until you obtain a batter without lumps.


Incorporate the cooked apples.


For last, gently fold in the beaten egg whites.


Heat the remaining 50 g of butter in the pan you used for the apples and pour in the mixture.


Spread the raisins over the surface and cook the sweet omelette over low heat until it is golden on one side.


Turn the Kaiserschmarrn over with the help of a plate or divide it into several parts to flip it more easily. Do not worry if it breaks, because it should be served "ripped".


Cook well on both sides being careful not to burn.


Check that it is also cooked inside and then break the Kaiserschmarrn into many pieces.


Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of sugar and stir for a few minutes over low heat.


Serve warm, sprinkle with icing sugar and accompanied by a some berry jam.


Basic Kaiserschmarrn is without apples, but the addition of this fruit to the recipe is a popular variation. This treat is often served with apple jam. To obtain a very fluffy sweet, make sure to whip your egg whites to stiff peaks.

You can find my friends’ recipes here:

Miria made the Russian cake – Sharlotka

Simona made the Polish cake – Szarlotka

the recipe for kaisersmarrn with apples

A lovely life to all and see you at my next recipe,


At this page you can find all the recipes that my friends and I have published up til now!

Miria, Simona and I will be back in September with our monthly Around the world with apples sweets! Stay tuned for a lot of delicious and beautiful treats folks!

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