Edible Modeling Clay

March 15, 2012

As a kid I can remember my grandmother buying Play-doh for me to “sculpt” with. I can also remember eating some of said Play-doh one day which caused a great deal of worry.

At the Sustain Lane web site under the In The Kitchen category Beth S. posted about how you can make edible modeling clay out of food (mostly potatoes) instead of buying it in the store. And while you can buy modeling clay in the store that is non-toxic, with this you know for sure what has gone in to it. Plus, making it with your kids could be another fun activity.

Beth’s original post is here but I will repost the recipe for you.

Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

1 – 2 medium potatoes
2 teaspoons almond flavoring
1/4 cup unsalted butter
large pinch of salt
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup powdered milk (NOT instant dried milk)

Directions

  1. Peel, quarter, steam, and mash potatoes through a sieve or strainer. Measure 1/2 cup unseasoned mashed potato.
  2. Add almond flavoring, butter and salt, and stir well while potato is still warm.
  3. Stir powdered sugar and powdered milk together, then add to potato mixture, stirring to combine. Cover bowl and chill mixture.
  4. After chilling, knead in enough additional powdered milk to create a dough that is soft enough to mold but that holds its shape.

Start with one-inch balls and shape melons, other fruits, and vegetables. Use whole cloves for fruit stems, and vegetable-based food color to tint. Use toothpicks to make depressions and indents.

Potato fondant can also be used to stuff dates or other dried fruit.

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