A Rustic Gingerbread House with Melted Sugar Windows
image by M. J. Doran
During the holiday season, home bakers are inspired to wow us with fantastic gingerbread houses. But what these marvels of pastry architecture are often missing is actual window panes, which is a shame since they're so easy to make. Just like windows on a real house, sugar window panes add luster to your finished gingerbread construction. And that's not all--set a small battery powered light inside, and your gingerbread house windows will glow with welcoming warmth.
How to Make Sugar Window Panes for a Gingerbread House
Roll out your gingerbread dough with a rolling pin, using flour to prevent the dough from sticking. Use a sharp knife to cut the shapes for the roof and walls according to the paper pattern. Also cut out the window openings.
Bake the gingerbread house pieces according to the recipe directions. Allow to cool.
Place the gingerbread pieces with window openings, face up on a cool cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Heat one cup sugar in a small sauce pan and place on the stove over low heat. Shake the pan so that the sugar covers the pan bottom evenly.
Cook over low heat five to 10 minutes. Monitor the sugar constantly as it heats. Use a metal spoon to gently move the unmelted sugar to the hotter part of the pan. Do not stir the sugar.
Remove the pan from the stove when the sugar is completely melted and is amber- colored. Remember to turn off the burner.
Pour or spoon the melted sugar into the window openings. Spread the melted sugar so that the entire window opening is covered.
Allow the sugar windows to cool completely.
Assemble your gingerbread house using icing to hold the walls and roof together.