DIY Playdough Ice-cream

DIY playdough icecream

DIY playdough ice-cream

DIY playdough ice-cream

To make DIY playdough ice-cream, simply choose your colours and flavours and add them to the basic playdough recipe (see below).

HOW TO MAKE NATURAL COLOURS

Cheat’s note: It is possible to purchase natural food colours! Hopper Foods has a full line of food colours and sprinkles that are coloured with vegetable juice or spices and contain no synthetic dyes. Most are vegan, too.

Yellow: Mix 1/2 teaspoon of ground turmeric with 2 tablespoons of boiling water.

Orange: Add 1 teaspoon of paprika to 2 tablespoons of boiling water.

Pinks / reds: Juice a beetroot, if you have a juicer. Alternatively, add 1 cup of grated beetroot and 1/4 cup water into a saucepan. Bring to a simmer for 15 minutes. When cool, use a fine mesh strainer to extract the liquid.

Green: Mix 2 teaspoons of matcha powder with 2 tablespoons of boiling water.

Purple: Place 1 cup of frozen berries and 2 tablespoons of water into a saucepan. Bring to a simmer for 10 minutes or until the berries go mushy. When cool, use a fine mesh strainer to extract the liquid.

Brown Add Dutched cocoa powder with dry ingredients when making playdough.

Blue: Place 2 cups of shredded red cabbage and 1.5 cups of water in a saucepan. Simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the cabbage and strain the liquid. Return liquid to the heat and simmer until the it’s reduced to 1/4 cup. Add a pinch of bicarb soda to turn the liquid blue.

A little note! Natural dyes will produce a more earthy tone than the vibrant colours you get from using artificial food colour. Be careful with natural dyes, especially turmeric and beetroot, as they will stain.

NATURAL SCENTS TO ADD

Add natural scents to your DIY playdough ice-cream for a delicious smell.

Gingerbread spice ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice

Chocolate Dutched cocoa

Coffee instant coffee granules dissolved in hot water

Vanilla natural vanilla extract

Rose rosewater

Peppermint natural peppermint extract, or mint-infused water using peppermint tea

Lemon juice and finely grated zest of a lemon

Orange juice and finely grated zest of an orange

Basic Playdough

  • 2 cups plain flour (all-purpose)
  • 1/4 cup Dutched cocoa (if making chocolate playdough)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1 1/3 cups boiling water
  • few drops of your choice of food colour (or natural food dye)
  • few drops of your choice of flavoured essence (or natural scent ingredients)

Mix the flour, salt and cream of tartar (and cocoa, if you’re making chocolate playdough) into a mixing bowl. Add your chosen essence and food colour, as well as the boiling water and vegetable oil, to the dry ingredients. Stir continuously until the mixture becomes sticky. If you are making chocolate playdough, you may need a little more water in the mix. Allow it to cool down, take it out of the bowl and knead vigorously for a couple of minutes, until all the stickiness has gone and the dough becomes smooth.

Easy DIY Playdough Ice-Cream

A super-quick way to make ice-cream playdough

  • 400g tub of shop-bought frosting (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry or coffee)
  • 3/4 cup cornflour
  • few drops of your choice of food colour (or natural food dye)
  • few drops of your choice of flavoured essence (or natural scent ingredients)

Empty frosting into a mixing bowl. Add chosen essence and colour, if using. Add the cornflour, 1/4 cup at a time, while mixing into the frosting. Mix until the playdough has formed. If the consistency is too sticky, add more cornflour—but not so much that the dough becomes crumbly.

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