My 87 year old co-worker and I were reminiscing a while ago about life, love and missing those who we have lost...
His wife, he said was Norwegian and at Christmas time she made a dish called "Lefse". He told me that he missed her and everything about her and "especially" with their Christmas time together.
He made an off hand comment about how much he would love to have some of her Lefse again. I had no idea what that was... But, I love trying new recipes I told him that if he gave me her recipe I would try to make it. (he brought it the next day along with a recipe for her cinnamon rolls)
So I came home and did a little research only to find that it was more hard than simply throwing things into a bowl and mixing them. I can follow a recipe very well but she did not put any measurements or instructions down only the ingredients. So I had to figure it out myself.
Well it took some time but I think I did it. Thursday I gave it a go... I have to claim here that I was more than a little intimidated... I was so intimidated in fact that it took me until this month to try it lol. After all Christmas was right around the corner and I had told him that I would make them.....
So just google "How to make Lefse" if you want to make them and follow their directions... or follow this you tube video that I watched. BECAUSE! They know what they are doing... I DO NOT... That video is another woman just tossing things into the bowl but I got the just of it. A really great video is from Bothell Sons of Norway I love how he does it so effortlessly
BUT! I had a lot of fun making them... here are my adventures of how "not to make" Lefse lol enjoy
Here is a picture of my finished product. My co-worker said they look great! Well I hope they were lol It only took me a century to make them
Here is my mix the next morning when I realized that I added the flour the night before making my dough a very sticky mess. (hand slaps fore head) But I said to myself... It will still work, I will just add more flour!... Right? So I added a bit more flour... after all I had no time as I had to go to work in a couple of hours. Talk about trying to reinvent the wheel here lolLefse turner which I didn't have... I used my metal cake spatula it kind of worked. You can make a turner with a dowel which I didn't have either but I do not recommend that one either.
potato ricer... If you don't you end up with lumps of potatoes in your lefse. The two on the right I pulled out and re-shaped and rolled out again but you see on the left that the potato is not mixed well and just squished down. I swear (holding right hand in the air) that I mixed everything up well!!!??? or so I thought lol
After rolling out a few cakes I found what I call "lefse turds" (I know it's gross but you have to admit funny) all over in the flour and on my board... These are small little hard, dried out pieces of dough that are left behind... I did not use a cloth over my board so I had to refresh my flour almost every time in order to keep the hard pieces out of my fresh dough... I wonder if that happens with a cloth or not??? I bet not
Now to the cleaning of it all... Yippee lol