A dough that dissolves readily?
This may sound somewhat odd but I'm looking for a dough that will dissolve readily in water. "What?," you ask, "is going on here?" Background: I want to create a "sacrificial dough" to clean my pasta machine dies. These are bronze plates with variously shaped holes through which the pasta dough is forced under great pressure in order to extrude the finished product. Trouble is, after finishing the process there is dough remaining in the die (usually some form of durum or other wheat-based flour combined with water, eggs, etc.) It's virtually impossible to clean the die without damaging it. Toothpicks, etc. just don't get the job done very well (they're not simple holes in the die, but oddly shaped tunnels). One solution is to simply store the die submerged in water until the next use (and discard the first inch or so of the newly extruded pasta). This is okay, I guess, if you're using the die every day but not really satisfactory for the occasional user. Another solution (all gotten from internet searches) is to use a Waterpik: too messy. Another solution I came across is to create a "sacrificial dough" -made from rice flour and starch - to displace the pasta dough. I tried this and it worked - sort of. I ran a "dough" made from rice and cornstarch through the die - just enough to displace the pasta dough - but still had to work hard to clean out the "sacrificial dough" (lots of toothpicking and high-pressure washing). SO, here's my question: is there a dough that is malleable enough to force through the die and then dissolve readily in water? I'm sorry for the long-winded explanation but I thought some background would help you understand what I'm looking for. Thanks, ever so much!