How to Make Sugar Window Panes for a Gingerbread House

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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 lustre 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.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Gingerbread Cookie Dough
  • 1 Cup of Stiff Sugar and Egg White Icing
  • Paper Pattern for a Gingerbread House
  • Rolling Pin
  • Flour
  • Sharp Knife
  • Metal spoon
  • 1 Cup Refined Sugar
  • Small Sauce Pan
  • 2 Baking Trays
  • Parchment Paper
  • Oven

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Instructions

    How to Make Sugar Window Panes for a Gingerbread House

  1. 1

    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.

    How to Make Sugar Window Panes for a Gingerbread House
  2. 2

    Bake the gingerbread house pieces according to the recipe directions. Allow to cool.

    How to Make Sugar Window Panes for a Gingerbread House
  3. 3

    Place the gingerbread pieces with window openings, face up on a cool baking tray lined with parchment paper.

    How to Make Sugar Window Panes for a Gingerbread House
  4. 4

    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.

    How to Make Sugar Window Panes for a Gingerbread House
  5. 5

    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.

    How to Make Sugar Window Panes for a Gingerbread House
  6. 6

    Remove the pan from the stove when the sugar is completely melted and is amber- coloured. Remember to turn off the burner.

    How to Make Sugar Window Panes for a Gingerbread House
  7. 7

    Pour or spoon the melted sugar into the window openings. Spread the melted sugar so that the entire window opening is covered.

    How to Make Sugar Window Panes for a Gingerbread House
  8. 8

    Allow the sugar windows to cool completely.

    How to Make Sugar Window Panes for a Gingerbread House
  9. 9

    Assemble your gingerbread house using icing to hold the walls and roof together.

    How to Make Sugar Window Panes for a Gingerbread House

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