I grew up in a Norwegian family where we ate lefse 3 times a day for the whole Christmas season! My mom & I make lefse every year. We're always frustrated with our recipe not rolling out properly. This is the best recipe we have used to date! Here are some tips we've learned through the years...hope this helps other's trying to make this yummy treat!!!
- The flour amount is perfect!! But use LOTS of flour in a sifter to sprinkle on your pastry board, rolling pin and dough to prevent sticking. That extra flour used for rolling probably doubles the flour amount used. Too much flour makes the lefse rubbery.
- Divide dough up into several logs rolled in wax paper and keep the extra's in the fridge. Cold dough is easier to work with.
- Use a kitchen scale and weigh each hunk of dough before rolling.
- Use a cloth cover over your pastry board and rolling pin to prevent dough from sticking.(can be purchased or make your own with unbleached cotton) Keep extra's on hand to swap if they get too moist (hand wash them...or use mild detergent & no fabric softener)
- Have lots of patience, a friend to work with and cushy slippers to stand on! This full recipe with 2 people will take about 6 hrs & yield about 80-100 8" pieces if rolled 1/16" thin. (1/8" is too thick)
- Practice! Your first few may not turn out so well.
- BTW...A pizza stone makes a great lefse rolling board!
- If you want to make lefse often...invest in a good corrogated rolling pin - it does make a difference!
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