Emperor’s mess

Emperor’s mess, it sounds quite glorious, you would expect some elaborate dish, but it is not. It is, as the second part of the name states, a mess. It’s basically a pancake torn in pieces and then sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with jam or fruit sauce (I like to eat it with Nutella as well). This is one of those things they serve as dessert in schools as it can be quite healthy if you don’t overload it with sugar and everybody likes it.

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Cesarski praženec, sliši se zelo glamurozno, vsak ki prvič sliši za cesarski praženec bi mislil, da je to neka dodelana jed, pa ni. Palačinka raztrgana na koščke, posipana s sladkorjem v prahu in postrežena z marmelado ali sadno omako (meni je všeč z Nutello). Vsi ga poznamo, šmorn, sladica pri kosilu v osnovni šoli, vsi ga imajo radi. In lahko je dokaj zdrav, če ga ne popolnoma zasujemo s sladkorjem.

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At home we didn’t eat it a lot of times, probably because emperor’s mess is more Slovenian, and I am from Istra (a region, but we act like it’s a different country). That is why I only have one vivid memory connected to emperor’s mess, it’s nothing special, but it always comes back to me when I see or hear about the dish. In fifth grade (we were 11 or 12 at that time) we went to “nature school” – it’s a week that we spend in some camp, learning about nature. It was just in September 2001, I remember we were alowed to watch the news on the evening of 9/11 and after that we needed to draw a poster, how life would be without electricity. Our group draw dinosaurs (?) and crashed buildings, I only remember this, wild child’s imagination. 

Doma ga nismo jedli velikokrat, verjetno ker je to bolj slovenska zadeva, jaz sem pa iz Istre – to je posebno okolje ;). Imam pa en zelo živ spomin povezan s šmornom, nič posebnega, ampak vsakič ko vidim šmorn, pride na plano. V petem razredu smo bili v šoli v naravi, v Kobaridu, ravno septembra 2001, spomnim se, da so nam dovolili gledat novice na večer 9/11 in potem smo morali narisati plakat, kakšno bi bilo življenje brez elektrike. Naša skupina je narisala dinozavre (?) in podrte stolpnice, le tega se spomiem, divja otroška domišljija.

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Well, but those dinosaurs have nothing to do with the emperor’s mess. One day we got emperor’s mess for dessert at lunch. Our table got more plates than the rest and the teacher’s table was left without. We loaded our plates with big piles of the stuff and everybody had too much of it, all of us had leftovers on their plates. One of the kids had a brilliant idea to put our leftovers back on the serving plate (there was so much leftovers we filled all of it) and then give it to the teachers. We found it utterly hillarious. 

Emperor’s mess, a pancake gone bad, or a dish on it’s own. Call it however you like, it is good for a nice breakfast or not so fancy dessert. I even had it for dinner a couple of times. If you don’t know why would you make it, there is one advantage over a normal pancake – you don’t need to use a knife while eating it and as such is great for little children. Or for me when I want to read a book while having my breakfast (my books never stay open on their own, so I need a free hand if I want to read more than it’s cover).  
Have it with jam, fruit sauce, Nutella, maple syrup, heck, eat it whipped cream and ice cream, sprinkled with chocolate or/and caramel sauce if you want. And remember – all with one hand (you are probably not an emperor, so this one hand has to be your own, I can’t help you with that).

Enjoy the goodies!

Emperor's mess
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 eggs
  2. 1 cup milk of choice
  3. 1 tbsp caster sugar
  4. pinch of salt
  5. 1 cup all purpose flour
  6. 1 tsp unsalted butter for greasing the pan
  7. powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks.
  2. To the egg yolks add milk, sugar and salt mix to combine.
  3. While mixing slowly add the flour. Continue mixing until a smooth batter forms.
  4. In a separate bowl beat the egg whites.
  5. Slowly add the egg whites to the batter until just combined.
  6. Melt the butter in a pan.
  7. Pour the batter in the pan and cook until the bottom is golden brown.
  8. Flip over, cook until just set and start to to tear the pancake to bite size pieces using two forks.
  9. Cook until the pieces are golden brown from all sides (gently turning them with forks).
  10. Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar.
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No ampak tisti dinozavri nimajo nobene veze s šmornom. En dan smo za sladico po kosilu dobili šmorn, na tistih šolskih srebrnih pladnjih (saj jih poznate), naša miza je dobila več pladnjev kot ostali, in učitelji so ostali brez. Vsi smo si naložili krožnike s kupi šmorna in na koncu smo vsi imeli preveč in vsak je imel ostanke na krožniku, nekdo je imel briljantno idejo, da damo ostanke nazaj na pladenj (napolnili smo cel pladenj z ostanki) in tega nesemo učiteljem. To se nam je zdelo strašno smešno. 

Cesarski praženec, ponesrečena palačinka, ali posebna jed. Imenujte ga kakor hočete, dober je za zajtrk ali kot preprosta sladica. Jaz ga včasih jem kar za večerjo. Če ne veste zakaj bi ga naredili, vam lahko povem, da pred palačinko prednjači predvsem zato, ker ne rabiš noža, ko ga ješ – to je odlično za majhne otroke. Ali zame, ko si želim brati knjigo med zajtrkom (moje knjige nikoli ne ostanejo odprte tako da potrebujem prosto roko, če želim prebrati kaj več kot samo naslov).
Jejte ga z marmelado, sadno omako, Nutello, javorjevim sirupom, k vragu, tudi s sladoledom in stepeno smetano, prelito s čokoladno ali/in karamelno omako, če vam paše. In pomnite – vse z eno roko (ta roka bo verjetno vaša, ker najbrž niste cesar, pri tem vam pa ne morem pomagati).

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Cesarski praženec
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 jajci
  2. 250 ml mleka
  3. 1 žlica sladkorja
  4. Ščepec soli
  5. 220 g moke
  6. Žlicka masla za namastitev ponve
  7. Sladkor v prahu
Instructions
  1. Ločimo beljake od rumenjakov.
  2. V beljake vmešamo mleko, sladkor in sol.
  3. Med mešanjem počasi dodamo moko, da dobimo gladko maso.
  4. Beljake v drugi posodi stepemo v čvrst sneg.
  5. Beljake nežno vmešamo v preostalo maso.
  6. V ponvi stopimo maslo.
  7. Maso vlijemo v ponev in pečemo toliko časa, da se spodnja stran zlato rjavo zapeče.
  8. Palačinko obrnemo, pečemo toliko časa, da se spodnja stran zapeče, nato palačinko z vilicami raztrgamo.
  9. Koščke obračamo in pečemo dokler se ne zlato rjavo obarvajo z vseh strani.
  10. Postrežemo s sladkorjem v prahu.
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  1. That’s sounds lovely.. 🙂

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