Thursday, February 19, 2009

Rolling in the Dough (050/365)

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"I got sick of the dough, and thought I'd go on the loaf."

Curly Howard (American comedian, vaudevillian and actor, 1903-1952)

TIME: 11:20 AM
PLACE: Kitchen counter
SUBJECT: Homemade playdough

StellaDella wanted to play with playdough today and our store-bought stuff was all dried out.  So we made some.  I really like this dough.  It's much softer than the manufactured brands and you don't have all those "Play-doh crumbs" to deal with. 


Homemade Playdough Recipe

2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 cup salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar (this is optional but if you have it use it-it makes the dough more elastic)
food coloring

Mix all ingredients except for food coloring in a saucepan.  Stir and cook over low heat until the dough pulls away from the sides of the pan.  This will take about 10 minutes or so.  The dough will be thick and resemble mashed potatoes.  Poke it with your finger.  If the dough doesn't stick to your finger it's ready.  If it is sticks, then cook it a little more.

Turn out the dough on a plastic mat (I use my trusty Tupperware pie mat) and start kneading when it cools down.  If you want to color your dough, make a divot in the middle and add your food coloring.  I divided up my dough into 4 equal balls - StellaDella wanted 4 colors.  Knead until the color has worked its way through the dough. 

That's it!  Store in a air-tight container.  This dough lasts a long time.  The last batch I made lasted 6+ months!


Dot O said...

Cool, but the important question - how does it taste? LOL.

I hope StellaDella had a ball!

Sara G said...

How creative!!! Love the colors!!
Take care and have a wonderful weekend.

Christina said...

I made that play dough recipe for my son when he was young! Play dough is fun! Nice colors ~ especially the green and orange. The play dough only lasts that long if your dog doesn't eat it!

Mari said...

I love your pictures!

Ev said...

I have to try this. My daughter wants play doh for her birthday. I can not stand it. It makes such a mess! What exactly is cream of tartar?!?!

SuzyHomemaker said...

Ev - What a great idea!Cream of tartar is best known for stabilizing and giving more volume to beaten egg whites. You should be able to find it in the spice section in your supermarket. Have fun!