Tonawanda News


June 25, 2013

PINSPIRED: Homemade play 'dough' gets mixed results

Tonawanda News — Ah, Play-Doh.

The squishiness. The squashiness. The faintly chemical smell. It’s like childhood nostalgia all wrapped up and stuffed in a familiar yellow can. 

I loved the stuff when I was a kid. My boys ... not so much. They’ll play with it for a bit, then it’s off to their other interests, leaving me sitting at the table calling after them in vain, “Look! It’s a dog! Guys?”

Still, when I came across the recipe for homemade play dough on Pinterest, I couldn’t resist. Maybe it could be a nice source for cheap, easy fun could sway them to my side.

The instructions and ingredients are simple. Combine 1 cup flour, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar and 1/3 cup salt in a large saucepan. Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and 1 cup of water. Stir together, place saucepan over stove burner on low-medium and keep stirring.

The recipe claimed it would take about 3 minutes until the mixture started coming together. I stirred. And I stirred. The slightly lumpy mixture became a viscous goo ... and no further.

Finally, about 7 minutes in, I sprinkled in about another 1/4 cup flour and increased the heat to medium. Within two minutes, I saw a difference as things started to solidify. Your mileage may vary, of course (I’m sure differences in stoves play a role as well), but keep this in mind if you have the same issue.

At this point, I added a healthy dollop of blue gel food coloring — ending up with a mixture that resembled molten Smurf — and kept stirring. It didn’t take long, maybe a minute, before the stuff was bona fide dough, gathered around my spatula and able to be dumped out on a piece of waxed paper to cool for a while. (After that, you can store it in a resealable bag.)

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