Monday, March 18, 2013

Naturally dyed playdough

I'm a bit of a hippy at heart and am always trying to find a safer alternative to, well, everything! My latest being food colourings for cakes and icing. Which is why I began thinking about what foods we eat which are naturally bright and colourful. In my quest I came across some colours which aren't so suitable for sweets (turmeric cake anyone?) but perfect for making playdough.

You can use any dough recipe, there are tonnes out there or click here for our Classic Recipes and for the colours I used:

Purple = Blueberries (I used frozen) Boil them in some water, strained out the berries then used that in place of boiled water in the recipe.

Yellow = Turmeric. Add a few shakes into the bowl before mixing all ingredients together.

Green = Spirulina. I was a bit unsure how this would mix in so I added the powder to the boiling water and mixed it up before adding to the bowl.

Red/dark pink = Raspberries (again, frozen) Boil them in water, strained the pulp out and used the coloured water in place of plain boiling water.

Brown = Cocoa. I replaced some of the flour with cocoa but actually found the dough to be a bit sticky and ended up adding more flour at the end.

Pink= Red cabbage. Boil up some torn up cabbage leaves until the water turns blue-ish then use in place of plain boiled water in the playdough recipe.

Interestingly, the boiled cabbage turned the water a shade of blue but when added to the dry ingredients, it turned the dough pink! 

I made these four colours first & was so impressed it worked I ended up dreaming about these two...
...which I made the next day (these two smell extra yummy)
All ready to go off to Nan's house
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