Christmas Playdough

Beetroot and Vino Cotto salad"This time of year usually involves more time at the kitchen bench than usual, and while I’m a big fan of involving the kids in cooking as much as possible, sometimes you need to occupy them with another job so you can get on with yours.

"It’s easy to double or triple this recipe – you could then package a few batches up in nice jars and tie with string for early Christmas presents.

"The other boon of this recipe is that it uses up any old flour you might have loitering around the back of the pantry, and the same goes for spices that might have seen better days." — Sophie Hansen


  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 5 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • zest of 1 orange
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil


Place all the ingredients in a saucepan with 2 cups water and mix together well. Cook over a low heat for 5 minutes, stirring often. Turn the dough out onto a work surface lightly dusted with flour and knead it, adding a little more flour if necessary, for a few minutes. When the kids aren’t  using it, store it in a jar or airtight container.   

Recipes and images from Local is Lovely, by Sophie Hansen, published by Hachette Australia, $35rrp. 

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