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Kams (Whey Poached Barley Cakes)

TYPE : Swedish
YIELD : 40 kams
CALORIES : 56 kcal
PREP TIME : 15 minutes
COOK TIME : 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME : 20 minutes


  • 2 1/2 cups (6 dl) barley flour (kornmjöl)
  • 1 1/2 cups (3.5 dl) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (3.5 dl) milk
  • 1 tbsp dark corn syrup, or Swedish ljus sirap
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2-3 quarts (liters) clarified whey (vassle) (for poaching)


  • Mix and knead all ingredients into a smooth dough.
  • Shape into 1/8-inch (3 mm) thick, 3-inch (8 cm) diameter disks, either by hand or with the help of a rolling pin and cookie cutter.
  • Cover with plastic and allow to rest until ready to serve (you can even prepare them the day before).

Clarify the whey

  • Bring it to a boil and when all the milk protein has curdled pour it through a cloth lined strainer (this cheese can still be used, for example when making messmör). If you made your cheese by boiling (like I do), this extra step is not necessary.

When ready to serve

  • When all the side dishes are ready and chilled, bring the clarified whey to a simmer.
  • Poach the kams a few at a time (enough for a serving) until they float up to the surface.
  • Serve immediately with fresh cheese, sötost (sweet cheese), messmör (whey butter) and cold butter.

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