Making up a batch of cranberry play dough
is a squishy and interesting way
to explore these little fruits. Off the bush they're firm and foamy in texture
about the size of a grape and come in wonderful hues of pink to deep glossy
red. Heated, they'll pop like corn, splitting and exploding from their skin,
exuding a white fluffy mush and trail of thin filmy peel. Include them in
playdough and you've a a truly tactile recipe that enables everyone to talk
about foods, festive treats and celebrations such as America's Thanksgiving. Have fun
shaping the dough, sprinkling over shiny glitter and positioning small collage
pieces to build patterns across the surface.
|The recipe uses fresh cranberries so it will be
a short lived dough, with this in mind we left out the cream of tartar which
usually helps to preserve it but still kneaded in a squirt of hand lotion
as it adds so much to the dough's stretch and pliability.
Place the flour, salt, oil, water & colouring in a pan and add the boiled
Cook over a medium heat until the dough dark comes together, leaving the
sides of the pan cleanly.
Turn out and leave to cool.
of hand lotion / moisturiser to the dough and knead until soft and smooth.
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