Challenging Arts & Crafts


Grießschmarren - Wheat Crumble

I can´t think of another english translation for Grießschmarren... 

"Schmarren"  is an austrian dialect for a sweet dish or flour based pastry made out of flour or ground wheat mixed with milk, butter, and sugar and fried in a pan with fat. But... the word could also mean  in informal or colloquial way as " rubbish" to describe something... 
or if someone´s making a person mad and that person would answer

"...das geht dich einen schmarren an! " meaning... "  that's none of your business!".

This sweet dish was so popular in the older days in the countrysides where wives of the farmers prepare this for the whole family... It was so practical because all of  the ingredients were available in their farms. They produced their own milk, butter, flour and eggs were available in abundance. It is cheap to make but very delicious in taste. Nowadays, this sweet dish is so popular in restaurants as a dessert.

This is a family favorite too and it´s easy to make...You can also use sweetener instead of sugar.. I used the stevia powder equivalent to the sugar... What I do is, measure the sugar given in this recipe by using a tablespoon, transfer the spooned sugar into another plate and count how many spoons there are...I  used the same number of stevia in spoons. Below is the recipe.



250 grams ground semolina flour
500 ml milk 
50 grams sugar (or 4 tbsp stevia powder or other
sugar substitute)
50 grams butter or margarine
1 pack vanilla sugar or 1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins or prunes (cut coarsely)
1 tsp grated lemon or orange peel
Berries ( raspberry, blueberries, etc)


1. in a saucepan, bring the milk to boil, add the semolina wheat, mix well until the milk is fully absorbed.. remove from heat and let the wheat cool down.

2. Heat the butter in a frying pan, add the wheat and roast it til it gets brown, add the sugar, vanilla sugar, grated lemon peel and the raisins...continue roasting til all sides of the wheat become golden brown. When done, arrange in a platter and top with berries and sprinkle with sugar. 

Note: You may sprinkle more sugar as toppings according to your served warm with chocolate sauce or fruit compote of your choice.