Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Playdough

A loooong time ago, as some of you may remember, I had a recipe blog called Haute Plates. I haven't posted to it in years. I made the decision that it was better to have everything in one place - here, on Bringing Up Burns. But, as I was going through the old archives on Haute Plates this morning, looking for my Pumpkin Bread recipe...I realized there are several recipes I never finished transferring over here. When I stumbled upon this playdough recipe (and Molly and Munch's cute baby faces!!) I knew it was time to move this one over. We might even have to make some today. I'm ready for my house to smell like FALL! 


(Originally posted November 13, 2008)

On the days that Megan goes to school and Molly stays home, Molly is a little forlorn. She misses Megan and wishes she didn't have to stay home with the "babies." So I try and do something special with her on these days. Today we made Pumpkin Pie Playdough and she LOVED it! It was super easy, and smelled so good. I had to share the recipe with you.

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup water
Food coloring (we used 6 drops of red and 15 drops of yellow)

Combine the dry ingredients in a nonstick saucepan.
Add the oil, water, and food coloring and whisk until smooth.
Stirring constantly with a rubber spatula, cook the mixture over medium heat until it forms a ball, about 3 to 4 minutes.
Turn the dough onto a counter, let it cool slightly, then knead the dough until it has a smooth texture, about 1 minute.
The dough will keep up to a week in a ziplock bag.

I thought it would be fun to make some "stems" for our pumpkins. I put some fusilli pasta in a ziplock bag and added 5 drops of green food coloring and a teaspoon of vinegar. I let Molly squish it all together in the sealed bag until the noodles were well colored. Thankfully everything in this recipe is non-toxic...just in case your kids try to eat it, like my little Munchie did!

Then I poured the pasta onto a cookie sheet and put it in the oven for 10 minutes at 250 degrees. (Just so the green would fully dry and not get all over the kids' fingers!)

After the noodles cooled off, Molly went to work and made a whole family of pumpkins!Hope you have as much fun making Pumpkin Pie Playdough as we did!

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