The Austrian Emperor’s Favorite Dessert — Kaiserschmarrn

This is a classic Hungarian version (called császármorzsa) of a famous dessert that originates from Austrian Emperor, Franz Joseph I. One can find it served at restaurants all over the former Habsburg Empire and especially in Austria.

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A classic meal of the Habsburg Monarchy

There’s many legends about how this dish was invented. My favorite tale is that Franz Joseph’s wife was so poor of a cook that she could not flip a pancake, so to hide her failed attempt at a pancake, she scrambled up the dough and served the fluffy, slightly toasted crumbs with jam. To her luck, the meal was an instant success and became the Austrian Emperor’s favorite.

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Perhaps the men in our lives will also appreciate this regal dessert. 😉

Time needed:

1 hour to let the milk-soaked semolina sit.
10 minutes to prepare the dough.
20 minutes of frying.

For three servings, the ingredients needed:

100 grams semolina
two tablespoons flour
250 ml. milk
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
100 grams sugar
half a lemon’s zest
three tablespoons of butter

Serve with powdered sugar, jam, or raisins soaked in rum. In this version, I left out the raisins and used blackcurrant jam.

Procedure:

1. Mix together the flour with the semolina, then add in the milk and allow this mixture to sit for one hour.

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2. After one hour, the semolina will have soaked in much of the milk.

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3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yellows, the vanilla extract and the sugar. Then, add it to the milk-semolina mixture.

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4. With an electric mixer, create a hard foam out of the egg-whites and lemon zest. Add this to the other mixture and use a wooden spoon to form a beautiful, thick creamy dough.

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5. Take a large pan with high sides and melt three tablespoons of butter in it. Then, pour in the dough and start mixing. Patience is required because it can take 20-30 minutes to reach the final result.

First, you have:

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And then, you get:

HERE is a video showing you how the dough slowly turns into crumbs.

6. Once the crumbs are nice and toasted, let them cool for a few minutes.

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7. Serve with rum-soaked raisins or any variety of jam and powdered sugar. European royalty approved. 😉

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