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Torn Pancakes

Southern German/Austrian Pancakes, Kaiserschmarrn

Pancakes don’t always have to be circular in shape. This Austro-Bavarian torn pancake specialty (translated: Emperor’s mess) contains raisins which have been soaked in Rum. After baking the pancakes in a skillet they are torn with a fork into irregular shapes and then re-fried again, dusted with powdered sugar and served with a hot blueberry compote on the side. You can eat Kaiserschmarrn as a dessert or main meal for lunch which makes a quite filling meal.


300g / 10.5oz flour, pinch salt

1/2 L / 2 cups milk

2-3 tablespoons Rum

5-6 eggs (separated)

80g / 2.8oz raisins or sultanas

50g / 1.7oz melted unsalted butter

unsalted butter

powdered sugar

250 g / 9oz fresh or frozen blueberries

50 ml / 1-2oz water

50 g / 1.7oz sugar


Cover the raisins or sultanas with Rum (alternatively use grape juice instead of Rum if serving to children) and let soak in a bowl while you are preparing the other ingredients for at least 30 minutes. Separate the eggs carefully. Whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl until stiffened. In a second bowl add the sieved flour, pinch of salt, the melted butter, the milk and the egg yolks and mix all ingredients using your hand mixer. Drain the in Rum soaking raisins and fold them into the batter. Add the whisked egg whites and fold into the batter carefully.

Pour the batter (about 1 cm or 1/2″ tall) into a pre-heated cast iron or non-stick skillet with little butter and bake on both sides until golden in color. Never mind if pancakes break when flipping them over. Tear baked pancake using two forks into irregular shapes, stir and re-fry the pancake pieces covered with a lid for another minute or so. Place torn pancake (Kaiserschmarrn) on a plate and dust with powdered sugar. Serve with a hot blueberry compote/sauce on the side.

You can make your own berry compote using this method: Place your blueberries (or other favorite berries) in a small pot, add water and the sugar, stir and simmer covered on low heat for 5 minutes. If preferred you can blend the cooked sauce in a blender. Serve berry compote in a small dish on the side with your Kaiserschmarrn.

If you make Kaiserschmarrn for many people you can bake/re-fry it in batches then place each batch in an oven safe dish, dust each layer with powdered sugar and keep warm covered with tin foil on low heat in the oven until ready to serve.

Other variations of Kaiserschmarrn can include shaved/chopped almonds or nuts, small pieces of apples, cherries. Blueberry sauce can be substituted with apple sauce, lingonberry sauce, cranberry sauce etc.


For 2-3 baking sheets:

  1. 250g honey
  2. 250g brown sugar
  3. 100g butter
  4. 400g flour
  5. 100g ground almonds
  6. 1 teaspoon lebkuchen spices
  7. to make your own lebkuchen spices you will need: 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cloves, 1/2 teaspoon each of ground nutmeg, ginger and cardamon
  8. 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  9. 1 egg
  10. 1 tablespoon pottasche (potassium carbonate, we can get this from the chemist in Germany)
  11. Heat the honey, butter and sugar in a pan over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  12. Put the mixture into a large bowl and leave to cool.
  13. Add the flour, almonds lebkuchen spices, cocoa powder and the egg to the honey mixture and mix together thoroughly.
  14. Dissolve the potassium carbonate in 2 tablespoons water and then add to the lebkuchen mix. Knead thoroughly. The mixture should not be sticky now.
  15. If necessary add a little flour.
  16. Wrap the dough in aluminium foil and leave overnight in a cool place.
  17. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C.
  18. Knead the dough again and roll out on a floured surface to 1/2 cm thick.
  19. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters and place on a baking sheet prepared with baking paper. Bake in the middle of the oven for about 15 minutes.

Easy Bread Pudding Recipe With Apples


3-4 ripe apples
3 tbsp sugar
1-2 tbsp rum
6 stale rolls or 10 oz stale bread
1/2 cup milk
50g butter
5-6 eggs separated
2 1/2 tbsp sugar
a pinch of cinnamongrated peel of 1/2 lemon
2 tbsp grated almonds
50g washed raisins
butter and bread crumbs for baking dish
small pats of butter to put on top or
2 egg-whites and 4 tbsp sugar

Peel apples, cut in fine slices and steep with sugar and rum. Cut rolls in fine slices and moisten with milk. Beat butter until creamy, mix in egg yolks, sugar, cinnamon, lemon peel and grated almonds.

Beat egg-whites separately until stiff. Fold together apple slices, raisins and whipped egg-white with the butter-yolk mixture.

Grease an ovenproof baking dish and sprinkle with bread crumbs. Alternate bread slices layers with apple mixture and top with small pats of butter.

Bake Ofenschlupfer in the oven at 180-200 degrees C for 30-40 minutes. The top should be slightly brown.

Bread Pudding Cooking Tip

Instead of butter you can also spread whipped egg-white over the Ofenschlupfer after about 20 minutes of baking time. In this case beat 2-3 egg-whites together with 4 tbsp sugar until stiff and reduce quantity of sugar for apples.

Enjoy my easy bread pudding recipe on its own or with a thick creamy vanilla sauce.

Ostersonntag Recipes

Bunter Osterkuchen (Colourful Easter Cake)

Three Easter cake



10 ounces ground almonds
2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
peel of one lemon
2 medium-sized carrots
2 small apples
6 fresh eggs
10 ounces sugar
1 pinch salt


4 ounces marzipan
2 1/2 ounces confectioners’ sugar
red and yellow food coloring
1/4 teaspoon cocoa powder
egg white from 1 egg
5 ounces confectioners’ sugar
green decorative leaves
decorative sugar flowers


Mix together the almonds, bread crumbs, cornstarch, baking powder cinnamon and lemon peel. Peel the carrots and the apples and grate them finely.

Separate the eggs. Beat together the egg yolks with 4 ounces of the sugar. Beat the egg whites together with the salt and the rest of the sugar. Mix the grated carrots and apple with the egg yolk and carefully fold in the egg white mixture and the almond mixture.

Line a 10 inch spring form with baking paper and pour in the batter. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees F for 45 minute. Remove from the oven, loosen the cake from the form and allow to cool on a baking tray.

For the decoration, break up the marzipan and knead it together with the confectioners’ sugar, divide into 3 portions and color each portion pink, yellow and brown (using the cocoa powder for brown). Place the marzipan between two layers of plastic wrap, roll out and cut out Easter eggs shapes and branches.

For the glaze mix the egg white with the confectioners’ sugar. Put the glaze in a plastic sandwich bag and cut a tiny corner. Use the glaze to decorate the marzipan eggs with fine lines.

Sprinkle the cake generously with confectioners’ sugar and decorate with the marzipan eggs and sugar flowers and leaves.

Bauernfrühstück Farmer’s Breakfast


6 slices bacon
1 tablespoon butter
1 onion, chopped
4 potatoes, cooked and finely diced
6 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup milk

In a frying pan, fry the bacon until crisp.  Remove and drain on paper towel. Remove the bacon fat from the frying pan, add the butter and saute’ the onion until soft.  Add the potatoes and brown lightly.  Beat the eggs lightly and add the salt, pepper and milk, and finally the chopped bacon.  Pour the egg mixture over the onions and potatoes and stir occasionally until cooked.


Roast Lamb

roast lamb


  • 6 – 7 lb. leg of lamb
  • 2 garlic cloves, cut into slivers
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 tbsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 6 oz. Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth or water


  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Trim fat from roast.
  • Cut slits (1 in. deep) on top and sides of roast and insert slivers of garlic.
  • Combine salt, pepper, sugar and cloves in small bowl. Spread mixture over roast, using hands to rub it in.
  • Spread mustard in a thin coat on sides and top of roast.
  • Put lamb on rack in roasting pan. Add broth or water. Cover.
  • Bake 2 hours, basting every 15 minutes with cooking liquid.
  • Remove cover and continue to bake and baste until lamb reaches internal temperature of 175° F. (takes about 30 to 60 minutes more). Add extra water if needed.
  • Strain cooking liquid and serve with roast.
  • Serves 10 to 12.


Veal Shank

Ossobuco Al Forno - Baked Veal Shanks. Photo by I'mPat

For 4-6 persons
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Frying time: 2 hours


  • 1 veal shank (ca. 2 kg)
  • 150 g back bacon
  • salt
  • black pepper from the mill
  • 1 ts dried thyme
  • 2 cups broth
  • 1 ts cornstarch
  • 0,5 l sweet cream
  • 0,5 l white wine


a bunch of parsley


Wash the veal shank with cold water and cut the back bacon into thn slices.

Spice the veal shank with salt, pepper and thyme. Inlay ¾ of the bacon slices into
a roasting dish, then put the veal shank on them and cover it with the remaining bacon slices.
Put the cap on it and fry it in the oven for 40 minutes at a temperature of 200°C.
Pour in 1 cup of broth and then stew it in the closed roasting dish for another 40 minutes.
Remove the cap and cook it for another 40 minutes at a temperature of 180 °C.
Pour the sauce over sometimes.
Take the veal shank out of the roasting dish, fill in the remaining broth and thicken it with the
cornstarch. Season it with the white wine.



  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 6 tbsp. milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. almond flavoring


  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sliced or chopped almonds


    li>1 cup milk

  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla or almond flavoring



  • Preheat oven to 325° F. Grease and flour 2 8-inch layer pans with removable bottoms.
  • Cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg yolks.
  • Mix together flour and baking powder. Add to butter mixture. Add milk and almond flavoring and mix well.
  • Spread batter into pans.


  • Beat egg whites until frothy (soft peak stage). Gradually beat in sugar and baking powder until stiff and glossy.
  • Spread half of meringue over batter in each pan.
  • Sprinkle each pan with almonds.

Finish Cake:

  • Bake cake until cake tests done and meringue is set, about 35 to 40 minutes. Cool.
  • While cake is baking, make filling (see below).
  • Remove cake from pans. Let cool on rack. Place one layer on serving plate with the meringue side up.
  • Spread filling on layer.
  • Place other layer on top with meringue side up.
  • Decorate with Whipped Cream if desired.


  • Mix milk, sugar, and corn starch together. Bring to boil, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat. Pour some of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolk and mix. Pour egg mixture back into rest of hot milk and return to heat and bring just to boiling point.
  • Remove from heat and add butter. Cool and add flavoring.
Potato Pancakes
2 pounds potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 large onion, quartered
1/2 cup milk
1/2 – 1 cup flour (use 1/2 cup flour with drier
          potatoes; up to 1 cup with more watery
2 teaspoons salt
2 eggs
Vegetable oil
Grate potatoes and onion into a bowl.  Add milk, then stir in flour, salt, and eggs.  Mix well.

In a large, heavy skillet heat 1/2 inch frying oil until hot.  Drop potato batter (1/4 cup per pancake) into skillet and fry until golden brown and crisp on both sides. 

Drain on a paper towel.

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