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tina's depression schmarren (scrambled pancake)

Recipe by
Tina Swain
Beaver Dam, WI

This was a dish served in many rural German communities. The simple ingredients were plentiful during the depression when you had a large family to feed and chickens in the yard. It was a great boon to the Catholic families who did not serve much meat and never on Fridays in Lent. I enjoy hearing what various families served on their Schmarren ( Scrambled pancakes) Topping range from home made maple syrup, to canned fruits or stewed tomatoes. We try to gather w/ friends and cousins every year to make this and tell stories about our parents & grandparents. Keeps their memory alive in us!

yield 6 -8
prep time 5 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For tina's depression schmarren (scrambled pancake)

  • 3
  • 1 c
  • flour
  • toppings of your choice.

How To Make tina's depression schmarren (scrambled pancake)

  • 1
    In bowl, beat eggs and water. Add enough flour to make it a thin pancake batter
  • 2
    Heat 1/4 inch oil in a heavy cast iron skillet. ( I am sure previous generations used any saved grease)
  • 3
    Cook the batter until the bottom is set. Then either start scrambling the batter or cut into pieces and flip and fry. Cook until golden
  • 4
    Top with syrup, canned tomatoes, canned fruit, what ever you have on hand and what ever is your preference. My husband's family and my family used Karo Syrup.

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