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Apple Schmarren


This easy apple pancake recipe dates from a 1930s cookery calendar published in Tasmania and has been updated in Adelaide writer Liz Harfull’s new book Tried, Tested and True.

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The calendar, titled Cookery Calendar from Apple Land, paid tribute to Tasmania’s reputation as a leading apple producer. It is one of dozens of Australian community cookbook publications featured in Tried, Tested and True: Treasured recipes and untold stories from Australian community cookbooks.

Apple Schmarren

The cookery calendar in which the recipe was originally published.

Thought to originate from Austria, this delicious and extremely easy apple pancake was the recipe for 26 April in the calendar. It is an ideal option for a weekend snack or breakfast with a difference. Used informally in German, the word schmarren means rubbish, or nonsense. It applies to this pancake because, in more traditional plain versions, you push the batter around as  it cooks to create a messy or broken pancake, a little like the  technique used to scramble eggs. However, in this version the pancake is allowed to sit and cook in one piece, although you shouldn’t stress about it breaking up when you turn it.

Serves 1-2


1 heaped tablespoon self-raising flour
Pinch of salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons milk
1 large apple
15g butter
2 teaspoons icing sugar


Put the flour, salt and egg in a medium bowl and whisk together until smooth. Whisk in the milk.

Peel and core the apple, cut it into quarters and slice  thinly. Stir the apple into the batter.

Melt the butter in a small, non-stick frying pan over medium heat. When the butter starts to foam, pour all the batter into the pan. Cook slowly over low heat until golden brown underneath, and the batter is set on top. Flip carefully and cook on the other side. Serve warm, dusted with icing sugar.

Liz’s tips

Recipe and image from Tried, Tested and True, by Liz Harfull, published by Allen & Unwin; RRP $39.99. Read InDaily’s interview with Harfull here.

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