Christmas Playdough

Whilst I was researching my edible gifts article for the Daring Kitchen, I came across this Fall Spiced Play Dough recipe at Creating Nirvana Today. Yes, I know playdough isn't edible, but it is a homemade gift from the kitchen, so I decided that it most definitely counted!

This week I was using my full entertainment arsenal to keep a poorly Mini-M happy, and decided that playdough was worth a shot. It turned out to be a big hit - particularly prodding it with pointy sticks.

The post over at Creating Nirvana Today will make you double this quantity - I halved it to fit with the amount of flour I had, and it made plenty for playing with Mini-M, but if you're making it to entertain a horde of kids, I'd definitely do a bigger batch. I also changed the spices a bit - again to match what I had to hand. It made the kitchen (and my hands!) smell like Christmas. Mr E wanted to eat it. Mini-M tried - but only once - clearly even with spices and vanilla added, playdough still tastes like playdough!

This possibly wasn't the most sensible use of nap time!
Christmas Playdough

  • 1/2 cup of plain flour
  • 1/4 cup of table salt
  • 1tsp cream of tartar
  • 2tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of warm water
  • 1tbsp sunflower oil

Put all the ingredient in a saucepan and give a good mix. Don't worry, it will be all weird and slimy and lumpy to begin with but it will come OK in the end.
Cook over a low heat, stirring constantly, and you will see the mixture begin to thicken. Keep cooking and stirring until it comes together and forms a ball.
Once you've reach the right playdoughy consistency, take the pan off the heat and allow to cool a little.
Give it a quick knead for a couple of minutes, once it's cool enough to handle, then wrap tightly in cling film, seal in a plastic bag, or pop into a tupperware box until you're ready to use it.

Trying some over ambitious one handed rolling pin lifting
Prod (with one hand on the rolling pin in case of sudden attack...)
Prodding is serious business!
"Ooh that's pretty! I'd like to squash it!"