When it was the turn of N, I naturally had to make Lefse, the Norwegian Potato Flatbread. The writer talks about something that's very close to my heart as well. Love for flatbread. She says while some collect so many other things, she collects recipes for flatbread. Infact I do that as well.
I badly wanted to do breads/flatbreads from different countries. Unfortunately so many things came up that prevented me from doing it. So it was only naturally I decide to do this for Norway. I first remembered this recipe when I remembered Mir
making it for one of the BM. Infact before starting my list, I had raid Mir's beautiful Recipe collection. Her list is so huge, I am sure majority of the different recipes country wise is listed on her blog.
I checked on her recipe and then did a search. I landed in this post
and I got hooked reading the post. This reminded me of my own love for all breads, especially the flat-breads. So when I could easily make one, I didn't want to miss out the chance.
Lefse is the Norwegian version of flatbread made with potatoes. It is one of those indigenous dishes that come out, making a new dish of something leftover. Like the leftover mashed potatoes, taking a newer and lovelier form. The mashed potatoes are then mixed with flour, cream, rolled out as discs and cooked as our rotis or flour tortilla. These are cooked over stovetop, so it's much like what we do.
The way it is served also makes it very interesting. Sweet butter is spread on cooked lefse, with cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top, rolled and eaten. makes a great evening snack! so your options of spreads are so many. You can use Jam, Nutella, Peanut Butter or cream cheese. I guess this sounds more like the poli we make, with the sweet version.
Anyway the day I made this, I was really so exhausted and boys wouldn't sleep. I had told Konda we will be doing N next. She was going on asking me when we will make. She finally got the boys to sleep and we literally had a midnight snack on this. You can see that by the pictures that I ended up clicking. It was like being brain dead and absolutely no thoughts coming up to plate it differently.
I spread mixed fruit Jam for Konda and tasted it. It was so delicious. After clicking and polishing the plate, I was telling her that a picture with jam spread on the Lefse would have been so good. She wanted to make some more, I said it's for another day. For now, let's enjoy as how it is.
Norwegian Potato Lefse
Country - N for Norway
Category - Breads, Kid Friendly
Preparation time - 5 mins
Kneading time - 10 mins
Cooking Time - 3 -4 mins on sim
Resting time - 2 hrs
Potatoes - 1 cup
All purpose flour - 1 - 1 & 1/2 cup (depending on how loose your potatoes are)
Butter - 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Cream - 2 tbsp
For Serving Jam or Sweet Butter
How to make Norwegian Potato Lefse
Mark the potatoes and MW for 6 - 7 mins depending on the potatoes. Soak in water and peel skin. Mash well, add butter, cream and salt. Mix everything well. This can be stored in fridge for 2 hrs or up to three days.
Once ready to make, take the potato mix, add flour and start kneading till you get a soft dough. You should be able to roll it out.
Dust the board with flour and using a rolling pin, roll out into discs.
Heat a tawa, grease with butter, flip the rolled lefse and cook on both sides.
Remove and store in a towel to keep it warm. Serve it right away, spread with toppings of your choice.
I read that one can store the prepared lefse with wax paper between the layers. Warm and serve.
This makes a great snack for kids.