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Gather Your Ingredients
Although not as well known to Scandinavian-Americans as potato lefse, Hardanger lefse has a much longer history than potato lefse, dating as it does to Viking days (potatoes weren't introduced to Norway until the 18th century). Use barley flour to dust your rolling surface in order to prevent the lefse from sticking (a trick shared with visitors at Oslo's Norske Folkemuseum). Hardanger lefse will keep, unrefrigerated, for six months; to serve, either steam the bread between wet paper... towels for a minute or two in the microwave or moisten it with water and allow to rest between damp towels until softened.
To make homemade Hardanger lefse, you will need: 3 eggs, 1 cup sugar, 2 cups buttermilk, 1/2 cup melted butter (slightly cooled), 3/4 cup Swedish light syrup (or substitute Lyle's Golden Syrup or light corn syrup), 7 cups flour (all-purpose, spelt, or a combination), 2 tsp. hartshorn (baker's ammonia) or baking powder, and barley flour for dusting rolling pin and counter.Continue to 2 of 9 below.
02 of 09
Combine your Liquid Ingredients
Cream together the eggs and sugar until light and foamy. Stir in the buttermilk, melted butter, and syrup until incorporated.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
03 of 09
Adding the Flour
Whisk together the flour and the hartshorn (or baking powder), then add the flour to the batter in 1-cup increments to form a soft dough.Continue to 4 of 9 below.
04 of 09
Patting Out Each Round
Divide the dough into 1/3 cup portions, lightly rounding and pressing each piece into the shape of a large biscuit.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Rolling Out Your Lefse
Flour your counter and the sleeve of the rolling pin lightly with barley flour, then roll each portion into 1/4" thick round, about 10 inches in diameter.Continue to 6 of 9 below.
06 of 09
Frying the Lefse (Option #1)
Preheat a lefse griddle to 450°, then fry each lefse until lightly brown and crisp, flipping once - about 2-3 minutes for each side.Continue to 7 of 9 below.
07 of 09
Baking the Lefse (Option #2)
(Alternatively, you can bake the lefse on a cookie sheet in a 400°F oven for 4 minutes).Continue to 8 of 9 below.
08 of 09
Softening Hardanger Lefse
To serve, mist with warm water and lay between warmed towels for 30 minutes or until soft.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Adding "Kling" to your Hardanger Lefse
Spread with butter or with cinnamon-sugar kling, a favorite Hardanger lefse topping.
Per Serving: Calories 291, Calories from Fat 53, Total Fat 5.9g 9%, Saturated Fat 3.3g 17%, Cholesterol 38mg 13%, Sodium 69mg 3%, Total Carbohydrates 53.7g 18%, Dietary Fiber 1.2g 5%, Sugars 14.4g, Protein 6.2g, Vitamin A 4% , Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 6%, Iron 12%.