Loz (lozenger8) wrote,
Loz
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In which I prove I do have a domestic bone in my body. Just one, mind...

One of my favourite duties as a primary (elementary) school teacher is making playdough. It is, without a doubt, one of the most enjoyable aspects of teaching. As is playing with the playdough later, but I rarely get to do that, sadly. I have an awesome microwave playdough recipe that makes the best playdough ever. It lasts for ages. It's non-toxic, but tastes disgusting (I know this from personal experience! Nothing like making a child rethink sticking stuff in their mouth when they've seen the consequences), and it cleans up easily.

I've shared it beneath the cut.


All measurements are metric.

1 cup (250 ml) plain (all purpose) flour
½ cup of cooking salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 cup of hot tap water
2 teaspoons of mild disinfectant
1/2 – 1 teaspoon of food colour

• Sift dry ingredients into a large microwave glass bowl or jug.
• Add liquids and stir well. Add food dye until desired colour.
• Microwave on High (90-100%) for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl after stirring. Mixture is ready when it congeals to form a ball.
• Cover and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container.



I'm also attempting to make bread in my breadmaker again, now that I've purchased kitchen scales (and now that the store runs out of bread SUPER QUICKLY, also, it's always frozen, and God, I love my bread.) I am hoping that this time it turns out the way it's supposed to. It's usually been pretty bloody awful - super dense and not properly cooked, despite me following the instructions. Only, I've been doing it with measuring cups and, really, with something like bread, scales are the only way to go. If it still doesn't work, I'll just make it without the infernal automated "maker".
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