Prepared by local chefs, the fluffy, sweet pancake-style dessert is the star of the show at the Ellmau Kaiserschmarren Fest in May, served in all varieties – such as with beef.
There are numerous variations, but the classic version of the dish is essentially a thick pancake that’s chopped into pieces, mixed with plum jam, and topped with icing sugar. An absolute must-eat food of Tirol, “Kaiserschmarren” is an icon of Austrian cuisine with a strong Imperial connection. This fluffy shredded pancake has its name from the Austrian Emperor, Kaiser Franz Joseph I, who was very fond of this kind of dish. Legend has it that it was first prepared to celebrate the marriage of Emperor Franz Joseph I and Elisabeth (“Sissi”), Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary in the year 1854. Made from a sweet batter using flour, eggs, sugar, salt, and milk, Kaiserschmarren is baked in butter, torn with forks and served with stewed plums. Raisins are a common addition. You will taste it in all variations at this festival, from sweet to hearty—with herbs and beef, as a main or as a side dish. The festival fun begins at 12:00 noon with Tirol-style brass music and is surely fit for an emperor!