My sister Rhonda and I had a fabulous time at a Lefse class we took recently through Fergus Falls, MN Community Education. Rhonda was so sweet and surprised me with matching Norwegian aprons for us to wear for the class! We are so excited to share our lefse with our family for Christmas and look forward to hearing how they like it. Our instructor, Ruth, has been making lefse for over 40 years and shared her recipe which I am posting here for you.

Ruth DeMartelaere’s Lefse Recipe

¼ cup of Butter
1 cup Warm Water
2 ¼ cups Hungry Jack Mashed Potatoes
1 teaspoon Salt
1 tablespoon Sugar
1 cup cold Milk
2 tablespoons Whipping Cream
1 ¾ cups All Purpose Flour
Extra Flour for Pastry Board and Rolling Pin Cover.

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(1) Melt ¼ cup of Butter in a 2 cup Glass Measuring Cup, add 1 cup of warm Water to keep the Butter liquid.
(2) In a large bowl, mix together: 2 ¼ cups Hungry Jack Mashed Potatoes,1 teaspoon Salt 1 tablespoon Sugar and Water and Butter mixture
(3) Mix together: 1 cup cold Milk and 2 tablespoons Whipping Cream
(4) Add Milk/Whipping Cream mixture, then add: 1¾ cups All Purpose Flour
(5) Using your hands, mix together until all the flour is incorporated.
(6) Divide dough into 2 balls and then shape each ball into a log.
(7) Wrap each log in plastic wrap and let rest for 5 minutes.
(8) Heat grill to 400 degrees.
(9) Create a Lefse Cosy by placing a thick dish towel on counter, top with 2 sheets of wax paper and then another towel on top of wax paper sheets.
(10) Divide each log into 8 equal pieces.
(11) Flour your Pastry Board Cloth and Rolling Pin Cover with a good amount of flour and rub until well absorbed.
(12) Roll each section into a ball, flour top and bottom and then press down slightly.
(13) Roll out into a circle using an X pattern first and then out from the center clockwise until you can see the words on the Pasty Board.
(14) Using your Lefse Stick, carefully remove from Pastry Board and transfer to griddle.
(15) After about a minutes, use a pastry brush to gently brush off excess flour, being careful not to tear lefse sheet.
(16) After another minute or so, flip the lefse and brush off excess flour.
(17) When grilled to your satisfaction, transfer Lefse sheet to your Lefse Cozy by carefully placing sheet in between the two sheets of wax paper and then put top towel down to create a place for the lefse to rest, stay warm, and not dry out. (18) Flour Pastry Board and Rolling Pin Cover before rolling out each sheet. If you don’t do this step, the lefse may stick.
(19) The Lefse will freeze well: wrap the stack in saran wrap and then place inside a 1 Gallon Freezer Bag.
(20) Be sure to have something under the grill to protect the countertop from too much heat. There are special Lefse Griddle Counter Protectors at many Scandinavian Specialty Stores.


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