Austrian Pancakes With Raisins (Kaiserschmarrn)
Follow our recipe for kaiserschmarrn, an Austrian pancake dessert made with raisins soaked in rum and topped with confectioners' sugar and preserves.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 3tablespoons raisins (or more to taste)
- 3tablespoons rum (or more to taste)
- 4large eggs ( separated )
- 1pinch salt
- 3tablespoons sugar (or 2 tablespoons regular sugar plus 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar)
- ½teaspoon vanilla extract (omit if you use vanilla sugar)
- Optional: lemon zest
- ¾cups milk
- 1cup flour (cake or 1 cup all-purpose flour minus 2 tablespoons)
- 1to 2 tablespoons butter
- Garnish: confectioners' sugar
- Garnish: applesauce or preserves of choice
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Place the raisins in a small bowl and pour in the rum . Microwave the rum and raisin mixture for 15 to 30 seconds and let them soak until the rum is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Set aside.
Step 3In a medium bowl, beat the egg whites to soft peaks, adding a pinch of salt toward the end.
Step 4In a separate large bowl, beat the egg yolks, sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest (if using) until the mixture is light yellow.
Step 5Add the milk and flour, a little at a time to avoid lumps, and blend well. Fold in the egg whites and let the batter rest for about 10 minutes.
Step 6Melt 1 to 2 tablespoons of butter in a 10- to 12-inch frying pan. Stir the batter again gently and pour it into the hot pan. Sprinkle the soaked raisins evenly over the top.
Step 7Cover the pan and let the pancake cook for 7 to 8 minutes over medium heat, checking the bottom of the pancake by lifting up with a spatula. If it's a light brown, it's time to flip. If it's not, cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
Step 8Flip the pancake over by carefully sliding the pancake onto a dinner plate, then invert the pan over the dinner plate and flipping it all over.
Step 9Cook for about 10 minutes more on this side.
Step 10Cut or pull the pancake apart into bite-size pieces while it continues to cook. When it has browned a bit, it is ready to serve.
Step 11Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and serve with applesauce or preserves of your choice. If you like a chewier consistency, let the pancake cool down a bit before serving.