I love lefsa! It's one of those treats that we only have around the holidays (although I have been known to buy it in the grocery store other times during the year because I love it so). Growing up, lefsa was always part of our Christmas celebration, usually made by a great-auntie or neighbor and given as a gift. Unfortunately our lefsa making great-aunties and neighbors are gone. Which is normal as families grow older and change. The last time my mom, sisters and I made lefsa was in 1993. I remember it was very good but I don't remember us being able to make enough to share or bring home. I know our kids were young and I would like to think that it's they ate it as quick as we could make it, but I'm sure that's not the case. I do remember us having a few bumbles making it that year. Like pre-rolling our lefsa. Seems like it would be a great idea. With lefsa.... not so much. It sticks.... We were using my Aunt Christine's recipe which is a wonderful recipe. But our wonderful great Auntie and grandma failed to tell us there are
secrets tips to making good lefsa. You need to make the mashed potatoes a day ahead since they need to chill. The dough must be COLD. We kept our dough in the fridge between rolling this year. A rolling pin sock works miracles. It is also helpful to have a lefsa rolling mat. Flour..... lots of flour..... your kitchen may look like a small snowstorm blew thru, but it's totally worth it! This year we tried making lefsa again, and was a great success! We are now the Aunties and grandma who will make lefsa for the holidays. My Norwegian grandma Gena would be so proud.
|Grandma Gena's original recipe....|
|A rolling mat and rolling pin socks are a must!|
|Roll it out super thin....|
|Cooking it on mom's lefsa griddle at 400 degrees...|
|Yum! We have Lefsa for Christmas Eve!|
Homemade lefsa makes a wonderful gift packed in a pretty box. To make it even extra special, add a 'Garden Gnome' tea towel, it's a cute design for the holiday season! Your family and friends with love it.