Császármorzsa is one of the best known desserts, popular in the former Austria–Hungary as well as in Bavaria.
It is a light, caramelized pancake made from a sweet batter with flour, eggs, sugar, salt, and milk, baked in butter.
The pancake is split into pieces while frying, shredded after preparation and usually sprinkled with powdered sugar, served hot with apple or plum sauce or various fruit compotes, including plum, lingonberry, strawberry, or apple. It is eaten like a dessert, or it can also be eaten for lunch at tourist places like mountainside restaurants and taverns, as a quite filling meal.
An interesting thing about császármorzsa is that the dish was first prepared for the Austrian Emperor Francis Joseph I (1830–1916). There are several stories. One apocryphal story involves the Emperor and his wife, Elisabeth of Bavaria, of the House of Wittelsbach. Obsessed with maintaining a minimal waistline, the Empress Elisabeth directed the royal chef to prepare only light desserts for her, much to the consternation and annoyance of her notoriously austere husband. Upon being presented with the chef’s confection, she found it too rich and refused to eat it. The exasperated Francis Joseph quipped, “Now let me see what "Schmarrn" our chef has cooked up”. It apparently met his approval as he finished his and even his wife’s serving. Thereafter, the dessert was called Kaiserschmarrn across the Empire.
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