Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Play dough: FAIL! Black mark for Supernanny!

At the weekend we had Hugo and Eliza over to play with Annabel whilst Peter and Paul went off for beers and Ironman 2. I decided the best way to keep all 4 children entertained was to make a spot of play dough. This was great except I was all out of cream of tartar, an integral part of my tried and tested recipe, as was Tesco and Spar. So it was back to the 2010 equivalent of the drawing board (Google) to find a recipe that didn't use it. After a little while we came up with the Supernanny website and found this recipe:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup salt
  • 3/4 to 1 cup water
  • A few drops of food colouring
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 
Why when it is on an English website they couldn't have converted it to weights and volumes instead of cups I don't know! I have ordered cups now because even my tested recipe has them. Anyway when mixed together it made a large amount of gloop, not remotely dough-ish! It was rescued with the liberal application of more flour thankfully and the kids got happy rolling and cutting. The one good thing I can say about it is it hoovers up beautifully, we remembered about half an hour before we expected the boys back that when we had gone out we came back to a tidy house and 6 clean and PJ'd children. As we weren't doing PJs we set too making the house look untouched so we could be on a level playing field with smug points lol!

I have now ordered cream of tartar and lots more plain flour so we can make some really nice stuff when the shop arrives in a couple of weeks!

1 comment:

Helen said...

This brings back happy memories of making 'play dough' at my grandmother's house!