I guess I was feeling crazy that morning because I decided to wing it--- I really wanted more than one batch of playdough!
I threw a few things together to double my batch of playdough and it turned out so good, soft, silk, and bright, that I had to share the recipe.
Silky bright playdough
Sift with a whisk:
1 1/2 cups of flour
3/4 cups salt (I used kosher sea salt)
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon alum
2 cups of water
1/2 to 1 teaspoon of icing coloring
3 tablespoons of oil
Continue stirring with a whisk, adding water (and coloring if brighter color is needed) until you get the consistency of a thick pancake batter. Heat a skillet on medium and pour batter into the skillet. Leave it sit until it cooks through part way and when the sides start peeling up, knead it with a wooden spoon in the skillet, stirring and smashing (like you would in a standard playdough recipe) until an even color is established and the dough seems to be cooked through.
You can test it by pinching off a little and kneading it on the counter. If it just sticks a tiny bit, it will probably be fine once the dough cools. If it sticks a lot, just cook a few minutes longer, smashing and flipping for even cooking.
After you are done cooking, put a tablespoon or so of oil in your hands and begin to knead it into the dough for a minute or two until it's completely absorbed.
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