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Austrian Kaiserschmarrn pancakes with caramelised apples and berry compote

15 February 2015

Kaisermarrn are a traditional Austrian dessert of fluffy shredded pancakes. This recipe is served with caramelised apples and a delicious berry compote.

Austrian Kaiserchmarrn pancakes
Austrian Kaiserchmarrn pancakes

Preparation time

8 minutes

Cooking time

20 minutes




  • 3 British Lion eggs, separated
  • 200g plain flour
  • 375 ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • The zest of 1 orange
  • 60g unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar
  • 4 tbsp natural yogurt

For the apples

  • 2 Bramley apples, peeled, cored and cut in half
  • 25g unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp honey

For the berry compote

  • 150g blueberries
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp arrowroot


1. Pre heat the oven to 180c.

2. First make the caramelized apples by heating the butter in a frying pan. When foaming add the apples, cut side down. Leave to for 3-4 minutes until taking on some colour then add the cinnamon and honey. Keep cooking on a medium heat until the apples are tender and the honey is golden brown and sticky. This will take around 5 minutes.

3. Make the compote but placing ¾ of the blueberries in a small saucepan. Add the sugar, vanilla and a tablespoon of water. Cook until the blueberries start to “pop.” Mix together the arrowroot and a teaspoon of water then add to the blueberries. Bring back to a simmer, stirring all the time until thickened then remove from the heat and stir in the remaining blueberries.

4. Make the pancakes by whisking the egg whites to soft peaks.

5. Place the flour in a bowl then add the egg yolks, milk, vanilla and orange. Whisk together until you have a smooth batter then fold in the egg whites.

6. Heat the butter in a medium frying pan. Pour in the batter and cook on one side until golden brown. Then place in the oven for 5 minutes until set.

7. Once set, tear or cut the pancake into bite size pieces, sprinkle with icing sugar then continue cooking until the edged are golden brown and crispy.

8. Remove the torn pancake from the pan, dust with icing sugar then serve with the warm caramelized apples, compote and yogurt.

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Try one of our other many delicious pancake recipes, including toffee apple crepes, strawberry and ricotta roll-ups and blackberry and apple pancakes.


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