Captain Chaos loves painting just as much as he loves moulding and mushing play dough into all sorts of imaginative blobs. So naturally to be able to combine these two activities with salt dough, is every 3 year old’s dream!
Bad mom alert! I never make salt dough! I just can’t bring myself to waste the electricity it uses drying in the oven for 3 hours. When I’ve tried to bake it along side other things that I’m already cooking, there’s a toddler loitering in front of the oven door eagerly awaiting his cooked creations.
Then one life-changing day I “baked” it in the microwave instead! Oh happy day! Granted I never use my microwave so it’s desperately under-powered and from the wrong side of Y2K, but in under 10 minutes I had rock solid salt dough figurines ready to be painted!
Here’s the recipe I use, it makes enough for all the Gruffalo characters if that gives you any indication.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup water
- Put aprons on very enthusiastically. You don’t need them, but your toddler will insist.
- Mix the flour and salt together in a large mixing bowl
- Take deep meditative breaths as your kitchen turns into a flour blizzard
- Slowly add the water as you stir. You may need more water, you may need less. Keep mixing until it forms a stiff ball. Add more flour if it becomes too tacky, add more water if it becomes too firm.
- Enter into heavy negotiations with toddler to try and make shapes of uniform size so they can all cook through evenly.
- Accept defeat and start looking for a larger plate that will fit only one giant stodgy mound
- Place in the microwave and cook on high. Checking every 20 seconds that it’s not over cooking. The cooking time will vary depending on the power of your individual unit. But it can be around 3 minutes (or in my case, 20 minutes.) But it’s still faster and cheaper than in the oven.
- Watch those little fingers when you take it out the microwave as it’s very hot!