Austrian Caramelized Apple “Schmarrn”

 I grew up with this delicious dish.. as well as with Viennese Schnitzel, all kinds of dumplings- sweet and savory- and , of course, Austrian pastries.

The most famous “Schmarrn”, which means shredded pancake, is called “Kaiserschmarrn” (Kaiser meaning emperor) and has its name from the Austrian emperor Kaiser Franz Josef, who was very fond of this sweet dish. Once you have tried it, you will most likely be a fan of it as well.


This is literally the only dish on which I sprinkle a little bit of icing sugar…a “Schmarrn” has to be topped with some sugar (the traditional is partly covered in sugar).

The apple “Schmarrn” featured on this page adds caramelized apple slices to the otherwise plain “Kaiserschmarrn”.


Austrian Caramelized Apple “Schmarrn”
Author: Ursula Hienz
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Serves: 2
  • 3 apples, peeled and cored
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 cup whole meal flour
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • equivalent of 2 eggs (mix 2 tsp egg replacer with 2 tbsp water)
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • Applesauce
  1. Cut apples in thin slices, place in a bowl and mix with lemon juice.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, milk, salt and egg replacer. Stir in raisins and lemon zest.
  3. Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add the butter and let it melt.
  4. Add apple slices and saute for 2 minutes. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon sugar on them, flip them and let them caramelize. Sprinkle the rest of the sugar on them, flip them again and caramelize for 1 more minute.
  5. Pour the batter over the apples, reduce the heat, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Flip the “Schmarrn” with two spatulas and fry for three more minutes without a lid.
  6. When dough is golden brown tear it with spatulas in pieces and serve immediately. Serve applesauce on the side.


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