Friday, December 27, 2013

More cooking, because there will be more eating

Tomorrow we travel south to the Norquist Family Holiday Party, where I will meet up with three of my siblings, their spouses,  and many of our offspring. It will be a houseful at my brother's home in Chehalis. 

In preparation for the gathering, Tom and I made some party food that has become traditional:  lefse and hazelnut torte.

Potato lefse is made with cold mashed potatoes, which I made yesterday, and just enough flour to hold them together.  The dough is rolled out just as thin as you can get it.

 And then it is transferred to the lefse griddle with a special stick and cooked until the bubbles brown.

 We made 20 rounds, enough for a small army.  Tomorrow we will butter it and sprinkle it with cinnamon sugar,  cut it into wedges and roll the wedges up.  I'll warm it all up in a microwave before serving it.
 Tom is the torte maker.  He started the layers this morning while I went for a walk.  The scent of toasted hazelnuts and lemon rind baking is wonderful as it wafts from the oven.

This afternoon, after the lefse was finished, Tom added the whipped cream filling and frosted the torte with chocolate butter cream and then I added the piped the mocha details to finish it off.  
 This may just be my favorite dessert in the whole world.
There will be happy times again tomorrow, and happy eating too.


  1. Work and preparation pays off so that you have a good time. All the best to you and your family tomorrow.

  2. Wow! Oh WOW! Linda, you and Tom are totally amazing! I can just imagine what a fabulous time you're going to have. I'm sure everybody is waiting for those lefses AND torte. They sound so yummy.

  3. It looks wonderful! I hope you have a wonderful party! Happy New Year.

  4. My sister married into a Swedish family, but they tend toward fishy things rather than sweets. The torte looks fabulous.

  5. I never heard of lefses before, Linda. Tom looks like quite the expert. And that torte is simply beautiful! :-)

  6. Looks like a professional baker made these desserts. Enjoy the party!

  7. Wow! Beautiful torte! I know your family is looking forward to both desserts. Have a wonderful day!

  8. That chocolate torte looks delicious, and it's beautiful as well. The lefses sound good too, never heard of them before.

  9. Lefse is new to me and looks really yummy. That torte is beautiful. What a great duo you two are in the kitchen.
    Have a wonderful visit and a great 2014.


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