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Homemade playdough got ridiculously easier thanks to the Thermomix. You and your kids will have hours and hours of fun with this homemade Thermomix Playdough recipe.
Once you make our basic playdough recipe you can add your favourite colours, add glitter and then after hours of fun, save it for another day and another day.
Playdough is also known as play dough, play doh, play do, so it might have a different name where you are from.
My kids are aged 20, 7 and 5.
I have had more fun with playdough with them, than I can remember. And moving from Portugal to England, there mass supply of playdough accessories came too.
So, when I mentioned to them that our brand new Thermomix can make playdough, they were asking when are we making that homemade playdough mummy?
There were so excited, that I got more and more nervous, I mean what if the DIY playdough recipe didn’t work out?
I nervously looked into the Thermomix as it mixed the playdough and it looked like the wet ingredients in homemade bread dough.
With that, I said to Sofia & Jorge, its not going to work out and lets make homemade bath bombs instead!
But would you believe it, just as the Thermomix beeped, I am stirring at perfectly made basic playdough that is just waiting for food colouring and to play with.
I was truly amazed and so excited to share with you, the first recipe ever on Recipe This that is not food or drink!
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Making Playdough (what went wrong)
After making the playdough in the Thermomix, we loaded it onto a table, and I weighed it out into 6 equal portions.
The idea was that we would have six playdough balls that would be similar to each other in size and a different colour for each.
Well, I’m all about honesty here so this I what went wrong for us and making the playdough.
Firstly, the food colouring I have is old and not that great. I have just ordered a new set from Amazon as these are about to expire.
That resulted in the yellow and the orange looking identical, so not the look I was going for.
Then after making our six different playdough coloured balls, we went outside to our utility to grab the playdough accessories and the worst thing happened……
Our daft, will eat anything nearby 3 year old boxer girl decided to eat half the playdough.
The look on Jorge’s face when he realised the colour he had mixed was now eaten, was heart breaking. Though he did share with Sofia what was left.
However, Allie was poorly for several days, and drank an awful lot and I blame the high salt content in the playdough for this, as every other ingredient you would normally eat in cakes and other baking goods.
So, watch out if you have pets about and she is fine now.
But lesson learnt not to leave out the homemade playdough!
How Do You Make Quick Playdough?
You make this playdough Thermomix recipe!
It’s the easiest way to make playdough and the Thermomix mixes the dough at the same time as cooking the playdough ingredients on a very low heat.
Though because it is cooked playdough you will need to load it into the freezer for 30 minutes to cool it down, until it’s the right temperature to play with.
Playdough Recipe With Cream Of Tartar
The ingredients for making playdough in the Thermomix are rather typical and are ingredients you usually already have in.
Such as flour, oil, and salt.
Then you see, cream of tartar, which if you have not heard of it, is not the same as tartare sauce that you have on your fish.
Instead, its next to the other baking supplies like baking powder in the baking aisle of your local supermarket.
What Does Cream Of Tartar Do In Playdough?
When you make Thermomix playdough with cream of tartar what it does is make it last longer. Many people that make Thermomix want it to do several playing sessions and if you don’t use it, you wont be able to achieve this.
Plus, cream of tartar also makes playdough super smooth and silky.
If you want soft playdough that lasts, then you must use cream of tartar.
Thermomix Recipe #5
As I write this, the Thermomix is my latest kitchen gadget. It joins my air fryer, instant pot pressure cooker, slow cooker, pie maker, and soup maker, plus many others and I am looking forward to seeing how the Thermomix makes cooking even easier.
For fun I am sharing with you behind the scenes Thermomix recipes of the first 30 things I made with my new kitchen toy.
That way you can see if the Thermomix is for you and if these recipes will fit in what you like to make.
Today’s Thermomix Playdough is Thermomix recipe #5. And don’t forget to catch up with Thermomix Choc Chip Cookies (recipe #1), Thermomix Buttercream (recipe #2), Thermomix Whipped Cream (recipe #3) and Thermomix Rocky Road (recipe #4).
My thoughts on Thermomix Playdough:
The mixture looks odd – I was pouring in the ingredients, and it just looks like bread dough gone wrong. But I watched it and was amazed when it transformed into perfect soft playdough.
We waited and waited – I did an experiment. I kept our homemade playdough in a Ziploc bag in the kitchen cupboard and checked on it daily for six weeks and played with it several times. I was amazed that by day 42 it was just as soft as it was the first day.
I love the variety – You have the basic recipe for playdough and then you can mix it up. Add pastel colours, go with classic colours, add glitter, the choice is yours.
Rinse and repeat – Now that you have made thermo playdough you can rinse and repeat. You can make another batch whenever you want and it would make something truly fun for your kids next birthday party or for a mum and toddler group.
Thermomix magic – Until you make this Thermomix playdough recipe you wont appreciate its magic. That it cooks and mixes at the same time and that no other kitchen gadget can achieve the same result. If you have kids and a Thermomix give it a go!
But most importantly, would I recommend making playdough in the Thermomix? Yes, I would. It was like something out of Mary Poppins the way it went from basic ingredients to amazing soft playdough that would last for a long, long time.
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Flour – Ingredients for playdough starts with flour. You don’t need to make playdough with self raising flour and just need some plain flour. I love the results from Bero and I used Bero plain flour in this recipe.
Tartar – You will need quite a bit of cream of tartar. Its what makes your playdough Thermomix recipe soft and long lasting.
Oil – Then for oil and to make your playdough super smooth I recommend that you use coconut oil.
Salt – Then you will need a LOT of salt in this homemade playdough recipe. Any will do and we just added some sea salt from our utility.
Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this Thermomix playdough recipe it has just been our TM6 and its wonderful for many types of dough recipes.
Plus, we recommend you head over to our Thermomix recipes category as we will be adding Thermomix recipes as we try new ones for you.
How To Make Playdough In The Thermomix?
- Blend. Start by adding flour, salt, and cream of tartar into the Thermomix. Place the lid on and set the speed to 6 and mix for 5 seconds.
- Pour. Next pour in your water along with coconut oil and do 5 more seconds on speed 6.
- Cook. Then scrape the edges of the Thermomix and then cook for 30 minutes at 95c/200f at a speed of 2.5.
- Freeze. Remove the jug from the Thermomix unit and place in the freezer for 30 minutes. This is the fastest way to cool it.
- Finish. Remove the dough from the jug and place it onto a clean worktop. No need for flour and then make into dough balls and add colours or glitter before playing with.
And I am sure you can see now how easy it is to make playdough with the Thermomix. And how you can do the same in your kitchen.
What Thermomix Settings Do You Use?
The easiest way to do the playdough in your Thermomix is to use the manual settings.
The manual setting is perfect for mixing and cooking at the same time. You can be setting the temperature, the time and the speed all on one screen. Then it will beep when it is done.
You also don’t need a high Thermomix speed as speed 2.5 is perfect for cooking with and then speed 6 for mixing.
Bulk Playdough Recipe
If you work as a nursery nurse and have loads of playdough to make, then note you can make bulk playdough too.
The amount of playdough I made was enough for my two little kids to play with, but they could easily play on half the quantity.
So, if you are doing it for a group, you could make this Thermomix recipe for playdough and then 4* the ingredients, and it would be enough for 16 kids.
As I would estimate that 1 batch would be enough for 4 kids.
How Long Does Homemade Playdough Last?
My playdough Thermomix recipe is on week 6 and it looks like it did on day 1. I am curious to see how it would be in another 6 weeks.
If you want to know how long your homemade playdough will last, then note, at least 6 weeks.
Creating Thermomix Playdough Balls
I am sure you want to create cool looking playdough balls. You don’t just want a dough ball of pale looking dough that looks like pastry. For example, this is how the Thermomix play dough you created looked as soon as it is made.
To do this you will want some food colouring and some weighing scales.
Start by weighing your big ball of playdough. Then divide the total by six for six lots of playdough.
Once you have this number you want to weigh out 6 lots of dough of equal amounts. Or as close to it as you can get.
For example, ours weighed a total of 790g/1.7lbs and divided by 6 this was 131.6g which we rounded off to 132g for 5 lots and 1 lot of 130g.
Then we made a hole in the middle of each and spread onto each a little food colouring.
Then you knead it like when you make bread to get the colour throughout each dough ball.
We then had six beautiful playdough balls that were ready to have fun with!
Or in our case 3, after the dog felt it was her duty to eat 3 of them!
Your Playdough Thermomix recipe is below, note you can print it out with or without photos, adjust servings, or click between metric and imperial depending on where you are in the world.
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- Thermomix TM6
- Weighing Scales
- Load into the Thermomix flour, salt, and cream of tartar. Place the lid on the Thermomix and mix on speed 6 for 5 seconds with the manual setting screen.
- When it beeps remove the lid and add in the coconut oil along with 400ml/1.5 Cups of water and mix again on speed 6 for a further 5 seconds.
- Scrape the edges for any bits that are stuck and then cook for 30 minutes at 95c/200f at a speed of 2.5.
- Remove the jug from the Thermomix unit and load into the freezer for 30 minutes or the fridge for 90 minutes to completely cool so that it doesn’t burn you on touch.
- Then using weighing scales make into six equal weight playdough balls.
- Then add a tiny bit of food colouring to each.
- Then knead like you do with bread dough until each dough ball is fully covered in its desired colour.