Treacle Dough for Bonfire Night
It wasn’t until I was chatting to Gemma the other day about her third culture post, that it dawned on me how British an event Bonfire Night is, and quite a strange one at that! It’s amazing how you just accept things without really thinking about them when they are a regular part of your culture!
That said, I do love fireworks and one of the foods I associate most with this time of year is bonfire toffee – a hard, brittle toffee made with black Treacle. I challenged myself to make a Treacle Dough that would evoke these food memories, as well as being a fun play experience. Here it is:
You will need
1.5 cups icing sugar
3 tablespoons oil (I used olive oil, but any oil should work)
6 well-loaded teaspoons black treacle (a tip: if you put the metal teaspoon into hot water for a minute before you use it, the treacle will slide off much more easily!)
Black food colouring
Put all the ingredients into a bowl, and give them a quick stir with a spoon. Once they have started to combine, knead the mixture together to form a Dough, continuing until all the icing sugar is mixed in. There is a slightly oily finish to the dough, which stops it sticking to your hands and the surfaces when you’re playing with it. This has kept well in an airtight container for a couple of weeks. It is taste-safe for little ones, although obviously don’t encourage eating it given the amount of sugar it contains!
The dough has a different structure to playdough. You can roll it out, cut shapes and make marks in it, but it has a little fluidity which means that making models with it might be less successful. So, we chose to add sequins and glittery pipe cleaners to create an invitation to play and make firework playdough.
Miss N loved the smell, and both her and Mr Z got to work sprinkling sequins with abandon! I love how Miss N has arched the pipe cleaners to look life firework trails in the sky.
Have fun with your treacle dough, and let us know what you create. I’m off to go and make some parkin with the remaining black treacle – yummy!
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