Sunday, September 9, 2007

Play dough

I subscribed to the parents mag. The september issue had a recipe for homemade play dough. We made three colors so far, and Sonja likes it. She especially liked making a foot print, and comparing her foot print to Emilie's and mine.

  • 1 c flour
  • 1/2 c salt
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 c water
  • 1 Tbs veg oil
  • Food coloring

Mix dry ingredients together. Mix wet ingredients together. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until smooth. Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously until a ball forms (that's the only step that a child can't really help with). Take off heat, when cool enough, knead the dough until smooth.

It seems like here in Alaska, everything including the flour is dry enough, so that I had a reasonably stiff /non watery/ dough even before warming it up. But, it is very pleasant to knead the warm dough, so I always did warm it up a bit. Of course right now googling it, it appears that I should "Cook over medium heat until [dough] forms into a ball and becomes 'translucent', not 'milky'." Ref. Hmmm.

Now that Martin is back from his trip to the east coast, perhaps we could make a family portrait of foot prints.

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