February 28, 2010

I shall call him Squishy and he shall be mine and he shall be my Squishy (Playdough)

The other day, Goldilocks decided to get out the playdough. It had been awhile since she had played with it and we discovered most of it was dry and needed to be thrown out. This gave me a chance to make my super duper playdough with Goldilocks for the first time. I used to make this recipe all the time for my kids at church, and it would last the whole year, and we would send it home with the kids.

First we stirred together our dry ingredients - 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, and 2 tsp. cream of tarter
Next, we mixed 1 cup of water, 1 TBsp of veg. oil, and food coloring. Goldi wanted violet playdough. This took about 20 drops of food coloring. It is easiest to mix the food coloring with the water. Next, pour the wet stuff into the pot with the dry stuff.
I use a double boiler method because I have ruined a few pots trying to do this directly on the stove. Cook the soupy, runny mixture on medium heat for 5-10 minutes. Don't stir it! It will get cooked on the sides and bottom and be runny in the middle. Continue letting it sit and cook until only the middle is still runny, then run a spatula around the outside to loosen it, then carefully flip it over in the pan. It will only need a few more minutes to cook at this point.
When its ready to come out, flip it out onto the counter. It should not be sticky at all. After letting it cool for a minute, knead lightly. This wad of super duper playdough fits nicely in a recycled butter container, and fits perfectly in an empty icing container.
Goldilocks has had a great time playing with this playdough. It is easier to roll out than the commercial stuff. Let me know if you try this recipe!

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