Note: I wrote this article originally on September 28th, 2019. Due to the website relaunch, the article setup had to be adapted slightly. The text is untouched though. Enjoy!
Hey and happy Oktoberfest! The first week of Oktoberfest just passed and it feels as if the city is in a state of emergency! You find party people in every corner nearby the "Theresienwiese" and the metro is packed with people in Dirndl and Lederhosen 24/7. Last year, 6.3 Mio people visited the Oktoberfest which is insane considering that the Munich population roughly constitutes of only 1.5 Mio inhabitants. Anyways.. I really enjoy the traditionally- German dressed party people in town.
Have you ever been to the Munich Oktoberfest? It's an absolutely unique experience, I promise. This year, I went with my two best friends from Berlin who came to visit just for Oktoberfest. It was so much fun and as every true Bavarian like to say "Munich is a true village", we met a bunch of people in the tents, we ended up celebrating "Germany's biggest beer festival" with!
But lets talk about food now and..
Overall, Oktoberfest is a very meaty celebration. According to Munich's city stats, 130 oxen and 27 calfs have to die to feed the hungry party people. Very popular at the Oktoberfest is the "Ochsenfetzen-Semmel", a sandwich stuffed with roasted ox. I've never tried it but many people I know absolutely love it (and talk all year about how excited they are for the "Oktoberfest Ochsenfetzen-Semmel".
My Oktoberfest Food highlight definitely is "Kaiserschmarrn" (which by the way translates to "Emperor's Mess" by the way). The name of the dish "Kaiserschmarrn" stems from the Austrian emperor Franz Joseph I, who apparently was the biggest fan of shredded pancakes back then. So technically speaking, Kaiserschmarrn isn't even German but since the Germans have devotedly been spreading their "Kaiserschmarrn" love for centuries, I think we deserve some credit calling it a traditional "Oktoberfest dish".
With regards to equipment, the only thing I recommend is a good mixer. I typically use a hand mixer for smaller desserts which I can easily whisk in one single bowl. The one I have is this one from Siemens. It was a present from my mum when I moved out. :)
Traditional Kaiserschmarrn consists of a light fluffy pancake batter made from flour, eggs, sugar, salt and milk. Unfortunately, those ingredients, including the conventional baking process with a lot of butter isn't that healthy. Thus, I started experimenting with the ingredients and ended up with a pretty amazing result (I think)! :)
This "healthier" Kaiserschmarrn consists of eggs, whole grain spelt flour, oats, almonds, dates, curd, a tiny bit of honey and my favorite spice "vanilla". To sum things up the recipe is
- Super fluffy (due to the separated eggs)
- Naturally sweet (thanks to the dates and a tiny bit of honey)
- super nutty, wholesome and full of fibre (thanks to the oats, almonds and the whole grain flour)
- so pleasing & overall the ultimate dish for Oktoberfest
Last but not least, the Kaiserschmarrn topping: I topped my healthy Kaiserschmarrn with traditional "Zwetschgenröster", i.e. "Stewed Plums". Stewed Plums are simply delicious over Kaiserschmarrn. Plus, they are clean, healthy and super easy to make. All you need to do is core the plums, cut them in half and let them simmer on your stove until they are soft. The only ingredients I added were a a tiny bit of water to avoid them from burning and a pinch of fresh vanilla. No sugar needed - the plums are super delicious by themselves. And look how beautiful they turned out (see image below).
Enjoy your deliciously healthy Kaiserschmarrn and let me know what you think in the comments below or tag me in your healthy Kaiserschmarrn food story on social.