Sometimes, it’s best left to the professionals.
Done right, lefse is moist, chewy and flavorful. Done wrong, it can turn out dry, leathery, tacky or worse. Lefse is a potato-based flat bread of Norwegian heritage and a favorite in many Scandinavian households.
But for Marlys Robinson, of Lefse Lane, her lefse always turns out fresh and perfect.
Mark your calendars now for her annual Open House on Friday, Dec. 17 from 9-5 and Saturday, Dec 18 from 9-1. The event runs for two-days, just in case there is too much snow one day.
At the Open House, there will be Free Samples and lunch will be served.
There also will be a bunch of other baked goods, including cookies, breads, pies, sandbakkles (Norwegian sugar cookies), jams and jellies and rosettes.
You can also sign up for a gift basket.
Other crafts on sale include greeting cards by Kathy Olson and Christmas centerpieces by Judy Herrman.
Lefse Lane is located 24-1/2 St., (CTH M) and can be contacted at 715-859-6730.
They also are open on summer Saturdays from 9-1.
Like any talented or skilled professional, Robinson started young. Robinson recalls making lefse on her mother’s wood cookstove when she was 8 years old. “My mom made it for years. She was full-blooded Norwegian,” Robinson said. While lefse keeps well in the freezer, it is really meant to be enjoyed fresh.
“Lefse doesn’t have any preservatives in it when it’s homemade,” Robinson said. “It has the cream and real butter in it.”
“I like it with—as a kid we always had a little bit—with butter and sugar,” she said about the various ways to eat lefse. Some like brown sugar, cinnamon, or even sausage rolled into their rounds.
The Robinsons go through oodles of potatoes, she said. Her husband Buddy helps peel them all. Then they boil, mash, rice and mix the potatoes into lefse. Robinson won’t let anyone else roll them out for her.
“I do roll it myself, and I don’t want anyone to help me,” she said. “I just like to roll lefse myself.”
Everything is made from scratch—lefse, pies (even the crust and the fresh fruit filling), bars, cookies, and artisan homemade breads.