One of our favorite Sunday activities is to make breakfast together. And what better way to start the day than with a meal fit for an emperor? Mr. N will explain…
By Mr. N
The amazing world of pancakes…
Pancakes were invented in 1403 B.C. by Erick W. Nickerbocker, the emperor of the city Driew Nwot, just off the coast of New Bozzland. The emperor was very rich and had many chefs. He also was a very greedy man and had a strange obsession of eating cakes.
So one night he snuck into the kitchen to try and find one. As he was walking, he tripped and knocked over a box of cake batter, which then fell into a pan.
He fell face first, towards the ground, accidentally turning on the stove in the process. “OWWWWWWW!” he screamed. He quickly rushed to the sink, but accidentally turned on the hot water instead of the cold.
“Ahhhh,” he screamed again, running around accidentally knocking sugar, milk and some other stuff into the pan on the stove before quickly fleeing the room. A half-hour later the chefs came in and found a pan with a strange, but delicious looking cake like object in it. And that is how pancakes were invented.
Okay, so that entire last paragraph was completely made up, but that is how I like to write. I’m pretty sure you figured that out already though. Here is the real information:
This week we made Austria’s emperor’s pancakes or kaiserschmarrn. Kaiserschmarrn translates to emperor’s mess (see now you get the connection to my story…).
This recipe is believed to have been discovered in the late 1800’s when it was made for Austrian Emperor Francis Joseph I. One story is that the chefs made a cake for the Emperor’s wife, but she didn’t want it because she was on a diet. So the emperor said he wanted to see what mess the cooks had made. Then he ate it and loved it.
Here’s how my mom and Miss A made ours: To begin set the oven to preheat at 400F.
Then whip the egg whites salt and sugar together until the egg whites form stiff peaks.
After you finish whipping them, get a separate bowl and cream together egg whites, vanilla, and cream. Next beat the egg yolk mixture into the whipped egg whites. Once you finish beating the eggs together fold flour into the mixture.
After you finish that, melt butter in an oven-proof skillet. Pour the batter into the skillet and cook until the bottom starts to brown. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Then remove it from the oven and turn pancake out onto a plate. Using two forks break apart the pancake into bite size pieces.
We dusted our pancake bites with powdered sugar and ate it with apricot preserves.
This is a great recipe and I really enjoyed it. It’s usually eaten as dessert, but can be a main course. We had it for breakfast. Everyone else liked it too. It was an all-around 3 spooner. The pancake has a slightly more actual cake feel, which factored in on it not being all 4 spoons.
Here’s our recipe: Kaiserschmarrn – Emperor’s Pancakes
It was fun to get to tear it up into pieces. And the apricots and sugar were good too. So far I’ve liked all our Austrian food. Hopefully I’ll like Austria too.
Oh, and my mom said don’t forget to enter the giveaway from the last post. And that we’ll be back next time with a Polish recipe. Bye. Mr. N.