A special Scandinavian treat. Beginner lefse makers might want to make only a third of the portion the first time through! Serve any number of ways. A favorite is with butter or margarine and sugar. Some people like cinnamon with this, too. Jellies make an excellent topping as do thinly sliced fried sandwich meat.

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Ingredients

Directions

  • In a large bowl mix together the boiling water, shortening, milk, salt, sugar, and potato flakes. Place in the refrigerator until thoroughly chilled.

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  • After dough is thoroughly chilled, add the flour, using a pastry blender to cut in.

  • Divide dough into 3 equal size portions. Form into 3 logs. Chill thoroughly in the refrigerator.

  • Heat an electric griddle to 375 degree F (190 degrees C).

  • Divide logs into 8 pieces. Roll to about the size of a 10 inch tortilla. Work additional flour into rounds as needed. Use care to press lightly with rolling pin when forming into rounds as they are much more tender than pie dough. The weight of a large rolling pin is nearly enough.

  • Bake on the griddle until each round feels dry but not crisp. Turn frequently.

  • Cool on cloth. Cover with an additional cloth. Stack pieces on top of each other as they are baked. The steam will create a more tender product.

Nutrition Facts

220.8 calories; 4.85 g protein; 31.76 g carbohydrates; 8.21 g fat; 4.57 mg cholesterol; 171.98 mg sodium.Full Nutrition


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02/15/2008
I have used this recipe for the past 5 years and have never benn disappointed. It is simple easy and best of all tasty. No one believes that it is made with instant potatoes. I am extending the tradition by teaching all of my children nieces and nefews how to bake thes delicious tradiditonal breads. Thanks for the recipe. Mike
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12/10/2007
I just wanted to add that it's great with cream cheese spread on it before you add sliced ham/turkey/etc.
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10/13/2003
this recipie is good dipped in butter and cinnamon sugar
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02/15/2008
I have used this recipe for the past 5 years and have never benn disappointed. It is simple easy and best of all tasty. No one believes that it is made with instant potatoes. I am extending the tradition by teaching all of my children nieces and nefews how to bake thes delicious tradiditonal breads. Thanks for the recipe. Mike
(11)
12/10/2007
I just wanted to add that it's great with cream cheese spread on it before you add sliced ham/turkey/etc.
(5)
11/25/2016
My Grandma always made lefse when i was growing up. My brother and I wanted to make it for Thanksgiving this year for our families. We are new at this but this recipe made it very simple. Looked and tasted just like i remember Grandma's. I used butter instead of shortening which seemed to work fine. I also want to note that i was surprised how easy it was to mix the flour in with the pastry cutter.
(3)
12/29/2010
Good simple lefse recipe. My daughter and I had a great time making lefse for the holidays. I will be making lefse more often with this recipe.
(2)
07/26/2018
I cheat and make lefse using instant potatoes. Most recipes start with riced cooked potatoes but this is much quicker. Very good at Thanksgiving where you can stuff with leftover turkey dressing & sometimes cranberries.
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11/11/2018
This turned out great!!! We did it as a test to an old recipe we had been using. We did reduce the flour to 2 c. and the taste was the best we have ever made. Thanks for sharing.:)