Kaiserschmarrn... this is a classic Austrian recipe for "cut up pancakes" that we saw on every menu, including in Bavaria. These are very light and fluffy pancakes-- almost soufflé in texture--that are also served for breakfast or as a light evening meal. In Bavaria, we saw this served with a plum compote or with apple sauce.
My mother used to make this for us, as kids, and to this day it is one of our favorite breakfast dishes. Now my son and husband like this, and they are very easy to make. The batter is very simple-- flour, milk, egg yolks and folded in egg whites.
It's cooked with clarified butter (or just melted is fine) until it becomes golden brown...
...the is carefully flipped over and cooked a few minutes more.
I served ours lightly dusted with powdered sugar and with homemade apple sauce. I'm sure I'll make this a few more times, for nostalgic reasons. We could have, easily, spent another week or two in Bavaria. The food, the beer, the scenery and historical places to visit exceeded our expectations.
I'm just scratching the surface of our trip details, but here's a snippet of our wonderful two week trip:
We spent the first ten days on a bus tour, after a very long 11 hour non-stop flight from San Francisco to Frankfurt. We were greeted by our tour company, and joined 9 other couples for a ten day bus tour starting in Mainz, Germany. We spent nights in Heidelberg, Lucerne (Switzerland), Innsbruck, Salzburg and then Munich. With 3000 total photos to edit, and organize, we have many lasting memories to organize into a slide show for our family.
One of the highlights of Luzern, was our trip up to Mt. Pilatus. With an elevation of almost 7000 feet, the views were spectacular-- and we lucked out with the weather. The skies were clear, but luckily, I had layered a sweater and two jackets for the mountain chill.
We journeyed from Lucerne, Switzerland to Innsbruck, Austria for two nights. On our way to Salzburg, Austria, we took a slight detour to visit Neuschwanstein Castle. This was my second visit, and Craig's first. 180 spiral steps, my wobbly knees managed to climb! Yay!
Fourteen years later, we climbed onto the cable car 5000 feet high to reach the summit of "her mountain".
... this beautiful cross. Then, I knew... this was the place.
... a daughter's promise to her mother fulfilled.
While Craig and I were thankful to cover so many cities in ten days, we definitely want to return to Bavaria. We only had five days to explore my mother's home town and Berchtesgarten. We definitely plan to return very soon! In the meantime, we have a lot of photos to sift through.
I promise to be back with more recipe posts,
As always, a printable recipe link is here: