Lefse is a super-simple and surprisingly delicious Norwegian flatbread made by mixing mashed potato, flour, and butter together, rolling it thin, and cooking it on a griddle. The recipes are all similar and yet every Norwegian family seems to have their own secret way of making them. Some like a thicker pancake and others roll until you can read through the dough. Having the right equipment makes the process easier and it all gets passed down through the generations. I just ordered my own Lefse kit and can’t wait to roll them out with the boys for the holidays.
Topping them is up to you. I’ve been told they are served with savory dishes but I’ve always had them with butter and lingonberry jam or a dusting of sugar that’s been spiced with cardamom. Serve with a cup of Gløgg.
ZoëBakes Season 2 | Episode 10: Nordic Treats
Zoë pays tribute to her Nordic heritage by preparing Swedish cream and krumkake, a pressed cookie and visiting a ladies’ church group for a lesson in making the traditional Norwegian flatbread, lefse.
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- 8 lbs russet potatoes
- 10 Tbsp butter
- 4 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 Tbsp salt
- 2 cups flour
- Peel, boil and rice your potatoes.
- Mix and cool 10 cups riced potatoes, butter, sugar, and salt.
- Add two cups of flour to the mixture and continue to cool.
- Roll into scant 1/4 cup size balls, then roll each ball thin and fry.