This week’s chapter in my ongoing efforts to try all of the iconic Norwegian treats offered at Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe had me ordering one that I’ve heard talked about for years but have just never tried: Lefse.
To be honest, at first glance, the Lefse appeared to simply be a large rolled tortilla filled with cinnamon and sugar, but the description card in the bakery case informs guests that it’s actually a potato flatbread. After a bit of further digging on the internet, I found that traditional Norwegian lefse is made of mashed potatoes and can sport any number of fillings. Kringla’s Lefse filling – spoiler alert – is an incredible combination of sugar, cinnamon and a generous amount of butter.
When you order Lefse in the Norway pavilion, it’s handed to you wrapped in parchment paper and ready to go. It’s a large portion, and completely sharable. It’s also a nice, cool treat on a warm EPCOT day since it’s kept in the refrigerated bakery case.
The potato flatbread of Kringla’s Lefse is light and airy; much lighter than you might find with flour-based tortillas. The layers of cinnamon and sugar make for an intoxicating treat, and if you’re like me, you’ll find yourself surprised at both the seeming simplicity and the depth of flavor of this snack.
If you have a picky eater in your traveling party, this might be the perfect snack to fit the bill. It’s completely approachable, and completely delicious.
At $3.29, Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe’s Lefse is a great value. There’s plenty to go around, and, I know from personal experience that it’s just as good straight out of the fridge the next day.
Is Lefse a must-eat on your EPCOT day? If not, will you be adding it to your list? Please let me know in the comments below.