Gluten Free Playdough

It was the first official day of the school holidays & I had a sneaking suspicion that my daughter was going to ask me "What can I do?" It is not quite the same but it is pretty similar to the question "Are we there yet?" I stopped her asking the question by suggesting we make up a recipe for gluten free playdough using Bakers' Magic Gluten free flour. That certainly grabbed her attention, in a flash the old playdough toys were brought out & cleaned (without me having to ask).

The first batch was far too sticky, it was gloop - really really really sticky. There was no hope in salvaging it so I asked my daughter to take it out to our humus heap. Unfortunately she tripped while holding the saucepan, the gloop went on her & anything that was not anchored down to the earth stuck to her! She came back in side plastered with twigs, dried grass, leaves & a not so happy face. It was quite a sight - I must admit I did giggle. It took another 5 batches until we made some playdough that we were both happy with.


150 g Bakers' Magic Gluten free flour

25 g Creme of Tartar

30 - 40 g Oil

150 g Salt

225 g Water (minimum)

2 tsp Xanthan gum 

Food colouring

Glitter - optional

Scented oils, eg mint oil & orange oil - optional

 If you want a glossy playdough use 40 g of oil (the green, blue, black & red in the photo) or not so glossy 30 g (the yellow bird & purple in the background).

The amount of water will depend on how much food colouring will be added. I find I have to add a lot of yellow colouring to get a bright yellow playdough, whereas  I don't need to add as much blue colouring. Mixing colours can also use a lot of colouring for example yellow & red to make orange. Use 225 g of water if the food colouring you will use is not that strong or you are mixing colours. Use ~240 g of water if you are not going to colour the playdough.

I have made the playdough without xanthan gum however my daughter preferred the batches with it in.

The following instructions are for use with a Thermomix. It can be made in a saucepan on the stove. I simply couldn't make 6 batches of playdough in a saucepan, stirred them all by hand & then coloured them - my arms would be useless.



Put the Bakers' Magic Gluten free flour & xanthan gum into the TM bowl.

Mix for 10 secs on speed 9.

Take out of bowl & set aside.

Place salt, creme of tartar & water in the TM bowl.

Mix at 80 C for 3 mins 30 sec at speed 3.

Add in oil (if the playdough is going to be one colour the next time I make it I will be adding the food colouring at this stage).

Mix for 5 secs at speed 3.

Add in flour mix.

Mix for ~20 sec at speed 3. 

The mix will be warm/hot, allow it to cool slightly. It is easier to knead in colour when the dough is warm.

Store each colour in a separate airtight container/bag. I usually store the playdough in plastic bags & twist the tops of the bags to seal them. When my daughter cleaned out the playdough toys she found a plastic bag containing some wheat based playdough that I had made at least 2 years ago & it was still good. Other playdough not in bags was not as fortunate & had dried out.