brown cheese and svele - a norwegian recipe September 11 2012, 3 Comments

I spent Saturday in Northwood for Founders Day, making svele on my lefse grill. Svele is a Norwegian pancake, spread with butter, topped with brown cheese, folded in half and eaten like a taco. I use Ski Queen gjetost, which is made by Tine in Norway and distributed in North America by its U.S. importer, Norseland, Inc. It is called goat cheese (gjetost), but it is actually a blend of goat's and cow's milk.

Locally, I get Ski Queen gjetost at Bill's Family Foods here in Forest City.

Many people asked for my svele recipe. I promised to send it to anyone who sent me an email, and I'll share it here. I get almost all of my Norwegian recipes from my wonderful mother-in-law, Marie. Enjoy!

a little bit of norway in iowa
becky gjendem

Svele (Norwegian pancakes)
By Marie Gjendem

4 ¼ cups kefir
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons natron
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ cup butter, melted and cooled

Whisk eggs and sugar. Add the rest; stir together. Let mixture stand at least 10 minutes. Bake on hot griddle. Spread with butter and sugar mixture or serve with butter topped with brown cheese. Makes about 25.