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The Best Gluten Free Lefse Recipe

Can you make gluten free lefse?

Yes! According to reader Amber G., who shared with me the tips below.

 

How long will gluten free lefse last?

According to Amber, “I have not found a way to keep the sheets longer than the day they were made, unfortunately” – bakers: take note, here! You may want to cut down the recipe below, which makes 40 sheets. The next day, gluten free lefse may be dry and brittle.

 

Does gluten free lefse taste like lefse?

Yes! Gluten free lefse tastes like authentic lefse!

 

What is the best flour for gluten free lefse?

Amber says, “I have used both King Arthur’s Measure for Measure GF Flour, and the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour. There is not much if any of taste difference, but I prefer the King Arthur’s flour (sorry Bob) because I feel it yields a more forgiving dough.”

 

What you need to make gluten free lefse

  1. King Arthur’s Measure for Measure GF Flour
  2. High fat dairy. You need full-fat heavy cream and butter because it aids in the elasticity when rolling to get perfectly thin, transparent sheets.  I like grass-fed European butter for its sweeter flavor — plus, it typically has a higher fat content.
  3. Nonstick silicone pastry mat – something is extra helpful when rolling gluten free dough of any kind!
  4. Lefse stick. Trust me, you need this stick.
  5. Potato Ricer. The worst thing that can happen is lumps when rolling because they gunk up the pastry board and rolling pin and the lefse will rip. A potato ricer ensures an even mash.  This inexpensive gadget will change your lefse game. Also, a potato ricer is the perfect quick fix when you want mashed potatoes for just 1-2 people!

Do I need a lefse griddle?

You might notice there’s no griddle on the essential list. Before I invested in one I used a pancake griddle on the stovetop and made small sheets of lefse.  So, if you don’t want to invest in a griddle more specific to cooking gluten free lefse, be sure to roll your sheets the proper size to fit your setup.  But, keep in mind that a griddle is great for more than just gluten free lefse!  Try it for par-baking pizza crusts, flatbread, tortillas, pancakes and more.

 

photo of three sheets of Norwegian lefse made from this recipe

The best gluten free lefse recipe

Quantity disclaimer!
The gluten free lefse recipe below for 5 lbs of potatoes makes about 40 sheets of gluten free lefse and takes me about 2 hours to roll and cook.

Day 1: Potato Prep

  • 5 lbs potatoes (Russet work well due to their high starch, and low moisture content.)
  • 1 stick of butter

Because you need the potatoes to be really dry and cool for gluten free lefse,  its best to cook ’em up a day ahead of time.

  1. Fill a soup kettle (8qt) with water and season with salt, heat to boiling.
  2. Wash 5lbs potatoes.
  3. Boil until they are soft when tested with a fork (approximately 30 minutes).
  4. Drain water and allow potatoes to cool enough to handle – slightly warm potatoes are easier to peel.
  5. Peel potatoes and be sure to remove any eyes or tough/dark spots from the potatoes — tough spots won’t rice evenly and will make a sticky mess out of your whole operation when you get to cooking.
  6. Dice the potatoes.
  7. Rice the potatoes while they are still warm.
  8. Melt 1 stick of butter and stir into the hot, riced potatoes.
    Last, pat the warm, buttery riced potatoes into a 9×13 pan and let cool uncovered on the counter for an hour to steam off any extra moisture. Remember how I said dry potatoes are the best?
  9. Put the pan in the fridge overnight – I leave it uncovered.

Day 2: finish the dough, roll and cook!

Because my mixer is not big enough to take on all 5lbs of potatoes at a time, I break it down into 4 cup increments — 5lbs of riced potatoes should net about 10 cups of dough, lightly packed.

Per every 4 cups of lightly packed, riced potatoes as prepared on day 1, add:

1.5 C flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
½ C heavy cream

Plus, keep a generous amount of extra flour on hand.  Don’t be stingy here!  I load the pastry mat and rolling pin cover with about 1/3 cup of flour to start.  Then, in-between rolling each sheet I add another sprinkle to the board and cover to keep them slick.

Preparing to bake gluten free lefse

  1. Mix the gluten free lefse dough: Blend the riced potatoes, sugar, flour, salt, and heavy cream until well integrated.
  2. Prep your dough into patties: This is a time-saver once the rush of rolling and grilling lefse begins. Roll the dough into balls slightly larger than a golf ball and press gently between your palms.  Place back into the 9×13 pan, and put the pan back in the fridge so the dough stays cold.
  3. Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour: The dough absolutely has to be as cold as possible when rolling, so I only take out enough for two sheets at a time.
  4. Pre-heat your cooking surface to 400: You may be able to go a touch hotter if you have a fast approach. My husband and I usually tag-team: one rolling and one flipping and can crank it up to 450.
  5. Prepare your rolling surface: Sprinkle the pastry mat generously with flour and rub it in well.

How to roll and grill gluten free lefse

  1. I only pull out a couple of patties of dough from the fridge at a time so the dough stays nice and cold.
    Put another generous sprinkle of flour on the pastry board. Then, drop your patty on the board, and put another generous sprinkle of flour on top of it.
  2. Roll it out until you can see the print from the pastry board peeking through.
  3. Grab your lefse stick and gently slide it under the sheet.
  4. Slide the lefse stick gently back and forth the entire width of the sheet, making sure the sheet is completely free from the pastry board, or it will tear when you try to lift it.
  5. With the lefse stick in the center of the sheet, gently lift it off the board and transfer to the griddle: place one edge on the griddle and roll the stick beneath the sheet toward the opposite end, until the entire sheet is on the griddle.
  6. After about 45 seconds, or when the lefse has some light brown marks, flip it over and grill it for another 30-45 seconds.
  7. Lastly, let each sheet cool thoroughly before stacking, or the delicate sheets will collect moisture in-between and stick.

Pro tips for making gluten free lefse

  • I keep a sharp, flat knife on hand to quickly scrape down any sticky spots on the pastry mat or rolling pin because, even the smallest sticky spot can cause the lefse to rip. For that reason, I scrape them down quickly and drop some extra flour on any offending areas.
  • Once your sheets are dry stack them 2-3 thick and fold into half or quarters so they will fit in storage bags. You can store lefse in the fridge for a couple weeks, or freeze — I have enjoyed lefse from the deep-freeze a year later!

 

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