"Carrot-Cake Kaiserschmarrn" with Polenta, Yogurt & Cranberries
Carrots for breakfast? What madness is this!?! Or "what kind of a "Schmarren" is this, as the emperor of Austria would have exclaimed! Because madness or silliness is what the word Schmarren means... And basically, a torn-up pancake is quite a silly thing to make, which is why the Kaiser gave it his name... Once he discovered how delicious it was.
Me of course... I had to make my own version and make it even more crazy and even more delicious. Haters gonna hate, as they say!
I decided to make mine more substantial using polenta rather than flour, more seasonal using carrot and cinnamon and nutmeg and lighter, using some yogurt in the mix. Rather an enlightened variation... Even if I do say so myself!
To make one lovely portion, you will need 1 egg, 2 medium carrots, 4 tablespoons of polenta, 4 tablespoons of plain yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, powdered sugar and a handful of cranberries. Good, eh?
It's yummy and moist and delicious with the added spice... And one of the best ways I can think of to start a dull, Autumn morning! It soon brightened things up for me!
I began by mixing together the carrot, which I grated finely, with the polenta, the egg yolk, the yogurt, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, 1 teaspoon of sugar and a pinch of salt.
I then whisked up the egg white, added my cranberries to the firm, carrot-polenta batter and then stirred them carefully and gently together.
The result is a fluffy and light batter that is still a little firmer than regular pancake mix... If you have managed to make it too runny, add a little polenta, if it is too firm, add a little yogurt. You will be fine! It's going to get torn-up in a few minutes anyway! And get eaten a few minutes later than that! Hehe!
Add a pat of butter to your frying pan and pour in your batter. Smooth it out a little and let it sit and set for 3-4 minutes, until you begin to see little bubbles forming on the surface. At that point, you should be able to cut through the batter using a couple of spatulas.
Now, simply flip each section over, so that it continues cooking from the other side. Add a little more butter as necessary.
Sprinkle with powdered butter, which will caramelize wonderfully once you begin to toss your pancake pieces...
Using your spatulas, chop the pancake into bite-sized chunks and toss. Sprinkle a little more powdered sugar on them as you go and a hint more butter... It doesn't take much of that, either.
When it is finished, of course the heat from cooking will make the sugar melt, so allow the Kaiserschmarrn to cool just a little before serving...
...and then dust it with a little bit more! Beautiful and of course delicious as well... And that aroma! Oh my!
If you like carrot cake you will love this... And it is a hell of a lot quicker to make! And doable even if you are only making it for one... Yay!