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This is standard Sunday dinner fare in our house when the temperatures are in the 30s° F with tiny little white things falling from the sky. 

There's not much to be said about this Norwegian flat bread because I I have already talked about lefse and shared the true homemade version. (You can read all about it HERE and see step-by-step photos that still apply to making the recipe below.)   This, however, is the easy and cheaters way to making lefse at home. My husband's ancestors might be rolling over in their grave, but I think they if they were able to taste it, they just might be won over.  Happy Sunday!

Homemade Lefse (Instant Potato Version)
yields 16 10-inch rounds

3 cups instant potato flakes
2 teaspoon Kosher salt
2 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 cup water
3 Tablespoons (1 1/2-ounces) unsalted butter
3 cups whole milk
3/4-1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or a large bowl, combine the potato flakes, salt and sugar.  In a medium microwave safe bowl,  heat water and butter until butter has melted, about 1 minute.  Stir in the milk.  With the mixer on low or with a wooden spoon, add the liquid all at once and blend/stir until flakes are moistened (mixture will look crumbly). 

Start by kneading 1/4 cup of flour into the potato mixture, then add 1/4 cup of flour at a time until the dough clings to the hook and cleans the sides of the bowl or if kneading by hand, the dough should be slightly sticky, but smooth and elastic.

Place dough on a lightly floured work surface.  Roll into a log-shaped roll about 2  inches in diameter.  Cut log into 16 pieces.  (Cutting the dough into 16 pieces will yield a 10-inch lefse round.)  Place the dough pieces onto a cookie sheet and refrigerate until ready to use.

Preheat a lefse griddle between 450º-475º F.  Generously massage some flour into a covered lefse board or pastry cloth.  Remove one dough ball from the refrigerator, roll it into a ball, then flatten the ball on the board with your hand.  Using a "sock"-covered, grooved rolling pin, roll out the dough.  (For each rolling stroke, rotate the dough so that the dough rolls out evenly into a round shape.)  When the dough is half of the desired diameter, use the lefse stick to gently release it from the board and turn over, adding flour to the board and pin as needed.  

When the lefse dough is as thin as you would like (you should be able to see the stick through the dough), use the stick to lift the dough and lay it out on the heated and ungreased griddle.  Cook the lefse on the first side until it is lightly freckled with light brown spots.  Using the lefse stick, turn the dough to the second side and cook until it is spotted with brown spots.

When the lefse is finished cooking, slide the stick under the middle to lift it off the griddle.  Lay it on a smooth cotton towel (I use a thin bar towel).  Fold the lefse in half and then fold it again in quarters.  Cover the lefse with another clean towel to keep the lefse moist while cooling.  Repeat with the remaining lefse dough, gently overlapping the finished lefse quarters.  Allow the lefse to cool completely before storing.  Store in the refrigerator, covered until ready to use.  Bring to room temperature before serving.  To freeze lefse, place a sheet of wax paper between each quarter, wrap 4-6 lefse in a sheet of plastic wrap and place in a freezer-safe bag or use a vacuum sealer.

Source: Adapted from hundryjack.com


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