November 21, 2014 in Uncategorized
You must be thinking that I’m going bonkers. Playdough on a food blog? Well yes, I’ve had so many requests for a good play dough recipe and even dog biscuits. Dog bikkies, I’ll get to another time. This recipe is made from simple pantry ingredients: flour, salt, cream of tartar, oil and water. All edible stuff but definitely not palatable! I divided the dough and kneaded my 2 favourite colours into them. I must say, the feeling of squishing and kneading cool play dough in your hands is rather therapeutic and I even got a bit “Carey’d” away and made a cute little duckling, what do you think of my creation? LOL.
We don’t have kids yet, but if or when we do, I’d like to think that I’d make a big batch of dough with assorted colours and allow our little one/s to get creative at the kitchen table. As an adult, play dough is a super way to work off stress or simply to relax and let creative juices flow. I for one, will have a stash in a jar from now on for when I’m having a creative block or our friends’ children come to visit.
How about making play dough for gifts this year? Experiment with different food colourings or add a few drops of aromatherapy oils (lavender, rose geranium etc) to the dough to make “homemade de-stress playdough” for adults! Bottle them in consol jars (they are airtight so will prevent the dough from drying out and it looks awesome) and decorate with ribbons and cute labels. How fun!
Makes: enough to fill 4 x 500 ml medium containers or jars.
1 c salt
4 c hot water
4 c cake flour
1/2 c cream of tartar *
4 T cooking oil
Food colouring of your choice
In a large bowl, dissolve salt in the hot water.
Sift the dry ingredients.
Add salt water to a large heavy based pot together with the remaining ingredients and stir constantly over moderate heat until a dough is formed. This will take about 7 minutes of labour intensive stirring. When no longer sticky on touch and the dough is firm, remove from the pot. Allow to cool slightly – not too long, or it will dry out.
Divide dough in 2.
Knead a few drops of food colouring into each dough ball until evenly combined and the dough is firm and smooth.
Store in airtight containers or glass jars.
* Cream of tartar is a vital ingredient to make play dough. It is also called acid potassium tartrate. Commonly used in baking. It is an acid which reacts with an alkaline (bicarb) to release carbon dioxide which in turn aerates cake mixtures. It is also used to stiffen liquids and mixtures such as egg whites when manipulated. In this case, the cream of tartar makes the dough firm and pliable.
This recipe was developed for AMC Cookware