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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Kaiserschmarrn, the Emperor's Scramble

Kaiserschmarrn, a popular Austrian snack
For the month of December,  I had a wonderful time enjoying the culinary offerings of Germany and Austria, especially the fare found at the numerous Christmas markets.

One particular snack that was repeatedly 'appreciated' is the snack ' Kaiserschmarrn ' or Emperor's scramble. It is said to be the favorite snack of Austria's beloved emperor, Emperor Franz Josef. The snack is the result of a brilliant young chef who had to create this last minute because the emperor was feeling peckish.

This dish made here is the closest I can get. Somehow, without the zub-zero atmosphere, hot snacks never taste as good. Maybe Europe will call me back again.

Makes one very big pancake for 4.

4 egg whites
Pinch of fine salt

4 egg yolks
1.5 ups of milk
1 cup cake flour
2 tablespoons fine sugar

3 tabs raisins
3 tab rum

2 tabs ghee

Dusting :

Chocolate sauce / syrup
Icing sugar

Combine raisins and rum in a microwave proof container. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and leave to cool.  ( I did not use raisins for this round )

Whisk egg white in a clean bowl until it forms soft peaks. Add salt towards the end of the whisking to firm whites. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk yolks with sugar. In 3 batches, alternate flour and milk into yolk mix.

Fold whites into flour mix gently.

Meanwhile, heat a big frying pan with ghee. Turn heat to medium. Stir batter gently before pouring to pan. Sprinkle raisins on top. Cover pan and cook for about 10 minutes.

The batter will look like a very fluffy pancake.

Slide pancake out from pan, invert and return to hot pan. Cover and cook in medium for another 10 minutes.

Using 2 spoons, break pancake apart to bite sized pieces. Fry. Remove from heat.

Serve with syrup, plum compote or chocolate sauce and icing sugar.

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