Primal Emperor’s Mess (Keiserschmarrn)


You ever heard of Emperor’s Mess? Or Keiserschmarrn? This Austrian dessert is very popular in Slovenia, and I guess it’s another alternative to American pancakes. There are several stories about how Keiserschmarrn came to be, and they all include Franz Joseph I., the Emperor of Austria in the years between 1848 and 1916.

The first story involves his wife, Elisabeth of Bavaria, who was worried about maintaining a slim figure, so she directed the royal chef to only prepare light desserts. At the next meal the chef presented his creation, which Elisabeth found too rich and didn’t want to eat it. The annoyed husband decided to try »what »schmarrn« the chef has cooked up« and ended liking it a lot. He even finished his wife’s plate, and thereafter, the dessert was called Keiserschmarrn across the Empire.

Another legend tells a rather different story. They say that Franz Joseph I. was very fond of crepes, so they were always on the menu. The chef, however, didn’t always produce the perfect crepes – sometimes they were very thick – so these were served to the staff as the »schmarrn that shouldn’t not be served to the Emperor«.

I, personally, think that there could be some truth to the first story, but whatever the case may be, the fact is that I LOVE Keiserschmarrn! Another fact is that it includes wheat, which I have excluded from my menu.

There are many recipes out there that don’t include wheat, but other nut or coconut flours instead, which can be quite expensive, and I rarely have in my cupboard. Therefore, I have created a recipe, using only 2 ingredients and topped my Schmarrn with yogurt and blueberries, in order to have a perfectly balanced and healthy breakfast.

I must warn you that this Schmarrn is not as fluffy as in the original recipe, but it does deliver on taste and it doesn’t include flour or any type of sugar.

I hope you enjoy this dish and let me know how it turned out!


  1. Combine eggs, flaxseed and spices and let the mixture rest for about 15 minutes.
  2. In between, heat up your blueberries and melt butter in the pan.
  3. Add the mixture to your pan and let it fry for about 3 minutes on each side.
  4. Cut it into small cubes.
  5. Pour yogurt and blueberries over your Schmarrn.
  6. Enjoy your breakfast, feeling like an Emperor.

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