An Austrian Classic - Kaiserschmarrn with Plum Compote
As the title says this dish is an absolute Austrian classic and simply reminds me of my childhood. There is no real translation for the word Kaiserschmarrn but the word Kaiser means King and the word Schmarrn actually nonsense. I know it’s a bit wired but the dish goes back on the King Franz Joseph and must have been created in the mid of then 19th century. There are many stories about how Kaiserschmarrn was created but no definitive story on how this dish came to being. One of the stories goes back on a very unfortunate cook working for King Franz Josephs. Apparently his attempt of making pancakes failed so he added raisins powdered sugar and tore the pancakes into little pieces and severed it to the king.
Another story goes back on a female farmer who was unexpectedly visited by the king on her small farm and only had very little ingredients to make a dish for the king. She made pancakes and added raisins and powdered sugar to make the poor dish look more appealing. Well I guess the last story is my favourite but no matter how this dish was created it is one of my absolute favourite traditional dishes.
It is easy to make and you can eat it as a main dish or a dessert. I remember eating Kaiserschmarrn in Kindergarten on a regular basis and it always made my day. On the internet you’re going to find quite a number of recipes but most of them are not vegan. Usually you would use quite a large number of eggs to get the fluffy texture needed for a Kaiserschmarrn. I used Aquafaba to replace the eggs which made the Kaiserschmarrn very fluffy. With this recipe you will not miss the eggs. The dish is perfect when you eat is with Plum compote or vanilla pudding. I prefer eating it with Plum compote which is usually called Zwetschkenröster. I added grape juice and brown sugar to cook the plums but you can use red wine or even any other juice. As always I hope you enjoy this recipe and let me know how the recipe works out for you.