I love base recipes. Base recipes for cookies, for pie crust, for bread, and yes- even play dough.
This is a basic recipe with flour, salt, cream of tartar, oil, and water. But this has a lovely twist- foraged florals!
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup salt
- 2 tsp cream of tartar
- Foraged flowers of your choice
Bring water to a boil. While it’s heating, prep the flowers. We did red rose petals and dandelion. The rose petals were fine, but you do have to pluck the fluffy yellows from the dandelions.
In a bowl, add your flower petals of choice and 1c hot water. Let your petals steep for a few minutes. I used the spoon to muddle the rose petals a bit. Some recipes suggest blending the water & petals for a solid color. I ended up loving the look of the petals mixed into the doughs.
In a pot on the stove, add your flour, salt, cream of tartar, oil, and water/petal mixture. On medium/low heat and a solid wood spoon, mix until it really starts to come together. At that point I transfer it to the counter with a dusting of flour to finish kneading together. It also helps cool it as little hands tend to want to play IMMEDIATELY.
This kept REALLY well for us in just a zip-lock bag. If it starts to dry out, it’s easy enough to knead in some warm water.