Monday, December 14, 2015

Kirsten Makes Lefse!

NOTE FROM SHELBY-GRACE: I am so sorry, but since it's been so rainy and cloudy for the past week or so, I wasn't able to take the photos of Kailey liked I'd mentioned :( However, I do have a slightly different post than usual to share with you today! :D I hope you enjoy!

Hello everyone! It's Kirsten posting here today, sharing about some of Shelby-Grace's family's Christmas baking! 
Today we're making one of Shelby-Grace's simple but tasty favorites, featuring Shelby-Grace's mom :D (As you can see, she's wearing her "I Heart Norse" shirt since this is a traditional Norwegian staple, since most of Shelby-Grace's mom's ancestors are from there :)  ) 
The food we are making today is, as I mentioned above, a traditional Norwegian staple, called lefse (pronounced leff-suh).

Lefse is made over the course of two days, so on the first day a mixture using potatoes, butter, salt, milk, and dash of sugar, is mixed up, and stored in the refrigerator until the next day. Then, on the second day the mixture is removed, a bit of flour is added, and then shaped into small balls.

After these steps are completed, here's what comes next:

Flour is added to the lefse roller's cover, and also to the cutting board's cover. 

The ball is rolled out very thinly, about the size and shape of a tortilla shell.

A lefse turner is used to lift the lefse onto the griddle.

Then, the lefse is placed onto the griddle like so:

After a few minutes, the under side of the lefse will be a golden, light brown, with a few darker spots. Then the lefse will be turned to the reverse side, using the lefse turner.

Ta-da! Here's the finished product! Though it greatly resembles a Mexican tortilla shell, it has a more distinctive potato flavor and a different overall texture. It's a very tasty, easy-to-make food that Shelby-Grace's family loves to eat with strawberry jam or cinnamon sugar, although it was traditionally served just with butter :D

Love, Kirsten 

and a bit of help from:


  1. I love Kirsten's story and collection.
    This was such a fun post! I am Norwegian as well.

  2. Lefse is awesome! Especially with cinnamon and sugar. Grandma and I never figured out how to make it, so we usually just buy it or use tortillas and pretend.
    High five Norwegians!

  3. I enjoyed reading Kirsten's (with help from you :D) post! Great job and Merry Christmas!