Austrian berry pancake recipe

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Quite frankly, I don’t know how this recipe slipped through the net. The minute I saw the reference to “butter shavings”, my eyes rolled back in my head. Baked plums? I’ve never baked a plum in my life! However, some of you may be a few levels up from my Disaster Chef status, so crack on, it sounds delicious.

  • Yield: 4 Servings


  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 2 tbsp rum, brandy, or Marsala
  • 3 eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 5 fl oz (150 ml) whole milk
  • 6 oz (175 g) plain flour
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, plus 1 tbsp butter shavings
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1⁄2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • handful of mixed berries, baked plums, or fruit compote, if you prefer
  • custard or cream, to serve
How to Make It
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4). Put the raisins in a small bowl and pour over the alcohol you’ve chosen. Leave for up to 2 hours (10 minutes is the minimum), then drain.
  2. Separate the eggs. Add a pinch of salt to the egg whites and, using an electric whisk, whisk until they hold stiff peaks.
  3. In another bowl, with a clean electric whisk, whisk the egg yolks with the caster sugar, then whisk in the milk and flour to make a smooth batter. Add the egg whites and gently mix in.
  4. In an ovenproof frying pan, melt the 2 tbsp butter over a medium-low heat until bubbling. Pour in the batter. After a couple of minutes, scatter the drained raisins on top. Cook for 3–4 minutes over a very low heat. Using a spatula, lift a corner of the pancake; when it’s light brown underneath, turn it over.
  5. Put in the oven for 6–8 minutes until nicely golden. Remove from the oven. Turn the grill on to high.
  6. Cut the pancake into small pieces with scissors, return to the pan, scatter butter shavings over the top, and sprinkle with the granulated sugar. Put under the grill to caramelize.
  7. Meanwhile, mix the icing sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. When the pancake has caramelized, dust with the icing sugar mixture. Serve with fruit, and custard or cream… or both!

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