In checking my baking supplies for the holiday sales, I found an very old bottle of pumpkin pie spice and some cream of tartar leftover from my trip to the Mennonite market.
Don't you just love Google? Within minutes I found a cool recipe for homemade pumpkin pie playdough from this site:
5 1\2 Cups Flour
2 Cups Salt
8 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
3\4 Cup Oil
1 Container (1 1\2 ounces) Pumpkin Pie Spice
4 Cups Water
(I omitted the yellow and red food coloring.)
The original instructions were unclear. I combined all the ingredients (more or less) in a medium saucepan, stirring at medium heat. The mixture will begin to clump. Keep stirring.
Remove from heat when the mixture changes from a batter-with-lumps consistency to something that looks like brown sugar and/or peanut butter. Pour onto floured surface to cool. Ours was still sticky in places, but kneading with additional flour evened the texture.
The recipe makes enough to fill a 1/2 gallon ice cream carton (or its Tupperware equivalent.)
This was my first successful attempt at cooked playdough, and I was very pleased with its smooth feel. And the smell? Heavenly! Make sure you have some real pumpkin pie for later.
You can see how I packaged the playdough for giving here.
More recipes and neat ideas at Shannon's Works-For-Me-Wednesday!