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Koldskål & kammerjunker – Homemade Danish Buttermilk Soup & Biscuits

Bowl of buttermilk soup

The weather has finally started to change for the better here in Denmark and spring is here. Its warmer, the winter jacket is –almost – put away and the flowers have begun to bloom. Ahh I love it!

A dish that us Danes love to eat when the weather is warmer is called Koldskål – directly translated ‘coldbowl’. Doesn’t sound very appetizing, I know. But its lovely. Basically it’s a cold buttermilk soup with vanilla and lemon. It’s really good; sweet, creamy and a bit tangy and perfect for summer. We often serve it with small biscuits called kammerjunker or strawberries.

kammerjunker biscuits in the making


6 pasteurized egg yolks

80 g sugar

Juice and zest of half a lemon

2 teaspoons vanilla sugar

1 liter of buttermilk

Homemade kammerjunker


Beat the egg yolks, sugar and vanilla sugar until the mixture is stiff and sugar is dissolved.

Pour in the buttermilk and season with lemon juice and a little grated lemon zest.

Ingredients – (2 baking sheets, about 100 pcs.)

250 g wheat flour

1 Tbsp. vanilla sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

125 g butter

75 g sugar

1 egg


Heat the oven to 175 °C.

Mix the flour, vanilla sugar and baking powder together in a bowl. Crumble the butter into the flour mixture, add sugar and beaten egg, and knead until you have a firm dough.

Form dough into rolls and cut them into small cubes. Place them on the baking sheet and flatten with a finger.

Bake for 10 minutes, turn off the heat and leave the oven door open another 10 minutes.

Let them cool off on a rack. Store in an airtight container.

Serve up a bowl of cold buttermilk soup with a handful of kammerjunker biscuits on top.



2 kommentarer

  • sam

    I always thought those crisp, sweet little oat cakes went with it! I’ll have to try your way, too

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    • You can also buy the little buscuits in the store, I don’t know if they are what you mean?
      But yes, try these out, they are really good.

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