Kaiserschmarrn is the most beautiful, delicious mess of a pancake you’ll ever make, and eat (2024)

There are few foods I can think of in my life that have gone from complete unknown to outright obsession faster than kaiserschmarrn.

I first encountered it at Kaisy’s Delights in Rehoboth Beach, Del., five years ago. The name means “imperial mess” in German. The story goes that a frazzled farmer created the dish in a tizzy when Austria’s Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife showed up hungry at his home. As a last-ditch attempt to save face, the farmer shredded his disastrous pancake and topped it with sugar and marmalade.

Kaiserschmarrn is the most beautiful, delicious mess of a pancake you’ll ever make, and eat (2024)
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