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How to Make Ninjabread Men
How to make Ninjabread Men!
A new twist on Gingerbread Men - buy these fabulous Ninja shaped cutters and make Ninjabread Men! Ninjabread Men are a perfect homemade gift. Maybe your man would like some for Valentines?
Me and my friend Jennie had a lot of fun making these, and they sure taste good. I hope that you enjoy this recipe, you sure will have fun decorating them!
Photography in this lens is by Amy Trumpeter and Jennie Band (all rights reserved).
Equipment you will need to make Ninjabread Men
Ninjabread men cutters
Weighing scales (we like the Victorian style!)
Retro Scales are Great Fun!
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A set of Ninjabread Men Cookie cutters are essential.
Ingredients for Ninjabread Men
125g Unsalted Butter
60g Soft Brown Sugar or Dark Brown Sugar
90g Golden Syrup
1 Lightly Beaten Egg
300g Plain Flour
1 Teaspoon of Bicarbonate of Soda
1 Tablespoon of Ground Ginger (If you like a lot of ginger, add an extra half tablespoon)
Currents can be used for the eyes, but I prefer...
Icing Gel Tubes
Stage 1 - Preheat the Oven!
Pre-heat your oven to 180C or Gas Mark 4. Also line two baking trays with baking paper in preparation for the Ninja action.
Stage 2 - Mix the Butter, Sugar and Syrup
Cream the butter, sugar and golden syrup. In fact, cream those Ninja ingredients until light and fluffy. Then add the egg gradually, and it should look like this.
Stage 3 - Add Dry Ingredients
Sift the dry ingredients (flour, ginger and bicarbonated soda) over the butter mixture. Mix it with a flat bladed knife to combine it.
Stage 4 - Get your Hands Dirty!
Now for the messy bit, time to get your hands in there. Go on, you know you want to! The mixture will need to be kneaded, and will form a lovely dough like this.
Stage 5 - Roll out the dough and cut your Ninjas
Roll out your dough ready for those Ninja's! Make it around 5mm thick, slightly more if you like thick ones. Then refrigerate the rolled out dough for 10-15 minutes to firm.
Next you are ready to cut out those bad boys! Cut them as close to each other as possible to save have to remake dough balls and re-roll. It is easier to pull the access dough away from the cookie cutter and then pop him out, rather than trying to pull the Ninja out of the cutter!
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Ginger vs Ninja
Which do you prefer?
Stage 6 - Cook those Ninjas!
Place your cut out Ninjas on the prepared baking tray (should be covered in baking paper). Pop them in the oven for between 10 and 14 minutes. They should come out like this!
Stage 7 - Decorate your Ninjabread Men!
They need to cool for around 15 minutes to 30 minutes before you can decorate them. Then, you can use your Icing Gel to put in the Ninja mask, karate belt and shoes!
Another great geeky gingerbread idea is a Gingerbread Tardis. You simply need four rectangular sheets of gingerbread and blue, black and white icing.