Adam * Kaiserschmarrn (Austrian Pancakes)
Adam: “Kaiserschmarrn, or Austrian pancakes, is a traditional dessert in Austria.”
This classic Austrian treat is essentially a very thick crepe with a light, almost custardy texture and a taste reminiscent of sugar-dusted french toast. Torn into bite-sized pieces and served with a side of plum preserves or fresh fruit, the dish makes for a wonderful dessert and an even better breakfast. Pair it with a hot cup of coffee for the ultimate in sweet, cozy comfort food.
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- 5 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp salt
- 5 tbsp white sugar
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup raisins
- 2 tbsp butter
- confectioners' sugar, for dusting
- plum preserves or fresh fruit
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, milk, vanilla, salt, and sugar. Gradually whisk in the flour until batter is blended and smooth. Stir in the raisins.
- In a large non-stick skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Once butter has melted, pour batter into the skillet and cook undisturbed for about 5 minutes, until the pancake is set and the bottom is golden brown. Flip pancake as best you can (things can get messy at this point - that's ok!), and then use a spatula to start breaking it up into bite-size pieces. Cook for a few minutes more, until both sides of pancake pieces are golden brown. Dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve with a side of plum preserves or fresh fruit.