Prep 45 mins
Cook 20 mins
From Bernard Clayton's Cooking Across America. This recipe comes from an Iowa cook with Norwegian ancestry.
- 3 lbs potatoes, peeled diced
- 1⁄2 cup margarine
- 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- butter, for spreading
- sugar, for sprinkling
- In a medium saucepan, cook the potatoes in water till tender but not mushy, about 20 minutes. Drain.
- Press the potatoes through a potato ricer or grater.
- In a large bowl combine the potatoes and the margarine.
- cool to room temperature add the sugar and salt.
- mix thoroughly with your hands or a wooden spoon.
- stir in one cup of flour, then add the remaining flour to make a stiff dough.
- knead for 4 minutes. Pat dough into a ball.
- preheat griddle to 400 degrees.
- divide the ball of dough into 4 portions, then divide each portion into 4 equal pieces, for a total of 16.
- on a lightly floured surface, roll one piece of dough at a time to a paper thin 10 or 11 inch circle.
- fold the dough onto a spoon handle (or lefse stick, if you have one), carry to the griddle and unroll.
- bake each piece on the griddle for 1-2 minutes each side, or till the lefse bubbles and brown spots appear. turn over and repeat.
- lefse will look dry, but will be flexible, not crisp.
- fold in half and then in half again. cool between cloths and store in plastic bags.
- to serve, unfold and spread with butter, or sprinkle with brown or white sugar.
- roll up to eat.
- to freeze, wrap airtight and store in freezer - thaw in wrapper.