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1 c. flour
1 c. sugar
4 c. water
1 tbsp. powdered alum
3 drops oil of clove


Mix flour and sugar, then add slowly 1 cup of the water. In the top of a double boiler, bring remainder of water and the alum to a boil, then add flour and sugar mixture, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until fairly clear (about 1/2 hour). Remove from heat and add oil of cloves. Makes 1 quart of paste. Paste will keep a long time in air tight jar with small wet sponge on top of paste.