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Eat breakfast the royal way with these Keto Austrian Pancakes! Kaiserschmarrn or “Emperor’s mess” are super fluffy and light pancake pieces.
The first time I had this Austrian emperor’s mess was actually in Austria. I visited my brother there, at which point he was already immersed in Austrian cuisine and made a batch for breakfast. What a treat!
Kaiserschmarrn takes it name from Franz Joseph I, an Austrian emperor or “Kaiser” who (like the rest of us!) fell in love with these fluffy pancakes. What makes them so special is that beaten egg white is folded into the pancake batter, which makes them so light and fluffy. The pancake is then torn into small pieces while still frying and served with powdered sugar. OH MY!
Since we are watching our carbs, but don’t want to miss out on anything, I present you here a keto version of traditional Austrian pancakes! No flour, no sugar. Serve these Keto Austrian Pancakes for breakfast, dessert, or as a main dish (just like the Austrians!).
Tips for making fluffy KETO Austrian Pancakes, aka Kaiserschmarrn!
Egg whites. For our keto pancakes, we need to beat egg whites separately until stiff peaks form. Fresh eggs work best. Then carefully fold egg whites into your egg yolk mixture to avoid deflation.
Skillet. You will need a large skillet with a lid, about 14 inches. The lid is important to allow the pancake to cook through without burning at the bottom. If you have only a smaller skillet, cook the pancakes in two batches!
Flipping. First, we will cook one gigantic pancake: Carefully spread ALL of the pancake batter to the edge of the HOT, greased skillet. Cover with lid and cook for about 5 minutes until you see bubbles and bottom side turns golden brown. To flip this monster of a pancake, we will need to divide it up into quarters with a plastic spatula, and then flip each quarter.
Tearing. NEXT, cover again with lid and cook for 3 more minutes until other side also turns golden brown. By using two spatulas, tear the quarters apart into bite-size pieces. Sprinkle with Swerve confectioner (or other powdered erythritol) and serve warm.
Toppings. Traditional Kaiserschmarrn is served with plum or apple sauce. I like to serve my keto Austrian pancakes with lots of powdered erythritol and fresh berries. Sugar-free maple syrup and whipped cream doesn’t sound bad, either!
Eat like an emperor with these KETO Austrian Pancakes!
MORE EUROPEAN KETO RECIPES
Keto Austrian Pancakes (Kaiserschmarrn)
- large skillet with lid
- Swerve Sweetener confectioners for serving
- fresh berries
- In a medium bowl, beat egg whites until firm peaks appear. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat eat egg yolks with remaining ingredients until smooth. Carefully fold in egg whites into the yolk mixture until everything is well combined.
- Heat a large skillet over medium low heat and add 1 tablespoon of butter. Once the butter is melted (and skillet is hot), pour the batter into the skillet. Carefully spread the batter to the edge of the skillet. Cover with lid and cook for about 5 minutes until you see bubbles and bottom side turns golden brown.
- With a plastic spatula divide the batter into four quarters. Flip each quarter. Cover again with lid and cook for 3 more minutes until other side also turn golden brown.
- By using two spatulas, pull the quarters apart into bite-size pieces. Sprinkle with Swerve confectioner (or other powdered erythritol) and serve warm.