by Karen Swan
This is the quickest, easiest and most exquisite smelling salt dough I have EVER made! I am thrilled with the results and my home is like a warm, cinnamon-y seasonal cuddle…..albeit with blazing Australian heat at the windows rather than snowflakes.
This mix makes a HUGE batch; enough for our advent spiral (where we light a candle every day from December 1st until all are a glow by December 25th – you can do only 4 candles as a smaller version – one for each Advent week).
The dough air dries in around 24 hours and can be painted or left to its natural tones. What starts as a rich brown, dries to a pale colour, but the scent remains true. I think painting may mask it a little, but it’s worth a shot! Actually, my plan was to paint our spiral, but I couldn’t get the spray can to work!
(makes a BIG batch of dough)
2 cups plain flour
1 cup salt
1 cup ground cinnamon (I buy a HUGE jar from Costco which is fragrant and perfect for this!)
1.5 cups warm/hot water
Combine in a large bowl and mix well with your hands. Breathe deep! Sing Jingle Bells!
Knead the dough well. Start to feel all Christmassy and jolly!
Roll out and use shapes to cut our ornaments (remembering to poke a hole through the top for string while the dough is still wet!).
Lay out on a baking tray and let air dry until hard (about 24 to 48 hours)