As the name would imply, this pancake has a royal lineage. While there are varying origin stories, it is broadly agreed that this fluffy sliced pancake was first served to Austrian Emperor Francis Joseph I. Boasting an uber light fluffy texture within and a strong eggy flavour, this is not your average pancake. While the traditional version is eaten with a plum compote, we decided to top our rendition with a cranberry compote instead.
The decadence of this pancake has secured it the title of dessert, but we certainly wouldn’t protest if this appeared in front of us at breakfast. Keep reading to find out how you can bring a little royal cuisine into your kitchen!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup milk or non-dairy alternative
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 4 Tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 4 eggs, separated
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1⁄3 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 ½ cup cranberries (frozen or fresh)
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup water
- Powdered sugar
- Maple syrup
Let’s get started!
We’re making the compote first. Heat a non-stick 11 or 12 inch skillet to medium high heat, and toast the walnuts until lightly browned and fragrant. Then remove them from the heat, and pour them into a bowl and set aside.
Set the skillet back over medium high heat, and add the cranberries, maple syrup and water. Once boiling, bring the heat down to medium and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until the cranberries soften and the mixture thickens (coating the back of a spoon). Remove the skillet from heat, and pour this mixture into a separate bowl. Set this aside and then rinse the skillet.
Now let’s tackle the pancakes. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of sugar in a large bowl. Slowly whisk in the milk and then the egg yolks, beating until well blended and smooth. Set this mixture aside.
Next, whip the egg whites to soft peaks in a separate bowl. Gradually add in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar and continue to whip until stiff peaks form. Then heat the skillet over medium-low heat, and add in 1 tablespoon of butter. Once the skillet is heated and the butter melted, gently fold in the egg whites into the flour mixture. Make sure the whites are fully incorporated in the batter, and then pour it into the skillet and cover with a lid.
Cook the first side for approximately 5-7 minutes. Once the sides pull away from the pan and the bottom is golden brown, gently slide the pancake onto a large plate. Set the pan back over the heat and add the other tablespoon of butter, tilting the pan to coat the bottom evenly.
Then place the pan over the plate and flip quickly so that the second side of the pancake is now touching the pan. Cook the second side another 4-5 minutes, and then carefully slide the pancake onto a serving plate. Slice it into squares and top with cranberry compote, walnuts, maple syrup and powdered sugar. Serve immediately.