Monday, May 3, 2010

Reviews of Five Gluten-Free Lefse Bread Recipes Online

Yesterday my Norwegian-Canadian friend had a fun time making the traditional Lefse bread (Norwegian flat bread) with a friend.  I was dying to ask her for the recipe she used, and pictures, if she took them, but because she is a busy busy busy woman, I am going to include four short reviews of posts for recipes for gluten-free lefse bread.  Check out the links and get the best of the web.  If you like, let me know what your favourite gluten-free lefse bread recipe is and I will post it here.

  • The first short article at Should I Be Gluten-Free tells about how the writer went through the process of finding the "perfect" gluten-free lefse recipe after having had a disaster in trying to make her first batch.  She was rather forced to come up with a workable recipe when she volunteered to make gluten-free lefse for a dinner party of 125 at her Church for their annual Scandinavian Smörgåsbord (I'm betting it was a Lutheran Church). She does a very good job of detailing the equipment needed to make the job easier, and shares the process of arriving at the recipe that works best.  What is a little daunting about this article is that the all the content-- recipe and everything else-- is jammed into one big paragraph.  You would need to study it up in advance so as not to miss anything... not really the style of most online cooks who are usually scooting around multi-tasking while reading a recipe... but certainly will probably guarantee success if you put in the study time (and maybe even cut and paste and print up the recipe in a format that is clearer for you).
  • Here is a recipe that looks like the real Norse McCoy (??)-- written up by Viola Aasen right from Roots Web's Norway-L files.  She also includes many helpful tips (such as flouring the board with gluten-free flour before rolling out the dough).  Again, you might want to cut, paste and print the recipe after you remove all the rather distracting characters that come of someone else having copied this in from an email forward, I think.
  • Here is a gluten-free recipe for lefse that is cached (meaning the original link doesn't work any more because possibly the recipe was removed from the site or the site is down/no longer active-- yay for the Internet where nothing ever really dies).  It looks fairly easy to follow and there are some extra tips included (such as using corn oil for the griddle).
  • This recipe is interesting in that it purports to be gluten-free (but uses a cup of flour in the second part of the recipe-- without mentioning to use gluten-free flour) and it doesn't suggest any binders for the flour, so you would have to improvise I guess.  It goes give the writer's personal cultural background with lefse-eating and what else they ate during special meals with the lefse.  There are some videos at the bottom of this recipe that purport to show how lefse is made (I like videos).
  • Here is a gluten-free lefse recipe from Angela's Kitchen blog that is vegan (well, maybe except for the gelatin?) and uses a pancake griddle that you use on the stove.  She also includes quantities of other ingredients for making up a batch using 6/ 12/ 18 cups of the gluten flour that she uses (i.e, brown rice and sorghum flour).

Soooo.... what do you think?  Do you have a favourite gluten-free lefse recipe that you put together yourself that is so far not posted and that you would like to post here?  Would you like to comment on your gluten-free lefse experiences using any of the reviews/recipes above? If so, just click on Comments below...

Lykke til ("Good Luck" in Norwegian)

**image of Old Woman making lefse from

Disclaimer:This blog reflects my own personal beliefs about the health benefits of being gluten-free. I am not a Medical or Health Care professional and any information or products contained in this blog are not meant to replace your responsibility to consult with the appropriate health care provider about your own circumstances and concerns.

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