Thursday, September 1, 2011

Gluten-Free Playdough

Baby B has reached the age where he loves to play with playdough, but he is still young enough that he tries to eat it on occasion.  Both store-bought playdough and our regular homemade recipe contain gluten.  This is an issue for us, since even the tiniest bit of gluten can make Baby B very sick for several days.  After some experimenting, I found a gluten-free playdough recipe in one of my cookbooks that works as a great alternative. 


Miss M helped me make it, and we added some red food coloring and cinnamon to give it a fall scent.  (It's hard to think of fall here when we are STILL over 100 degrees every day.)


 The recipe worked great - it feel just like regular playdough!


For those who want to try it:
1/2 cup rice flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup salt
2 TBS cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 tsp vegetable oil
Food coloring and scents as you wish.

 Mix all the ingredients together in a saucepan.  It will appear very watery, don't worry.  Cook over low heat, stirring, until it starts to form a ball.  Turn it out onto a piece of waxed paper.  Let cool completely before storing.  We just use a ziploc bag or a tupperware container and it keeps well for several weeks.

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