We’ve all been there. We go to bake up some cookies or a cake, grab the brown sugar and it is solid as a rock. Literally, like a brick you could build a house with. No worries, I am going to teach you three easy ways to soften brown sugar fast!
How to soften brown sugar might be one of the easiest and most practical cooking techniques out there. Here are 3 ways to soften brown sugar!
How to Soften Brown Sugar Fast:
ONE. Place hard brown sugar in a bowl and top with a dampened paper towel, not dripping, just damp. Microwave for 20 to 25 seconds, breaking apart pieces with a fork. You might need to heat for 10 second intervals, but don’t go too far, otherwise the sugar will melt.
This techinque is the fastest and easiest, but you will also need to use your softened brown sugar right away. It will go back to being a lump if you don’t get it right into the recipe!
TWO. If you have a little bit of time to spare, you can use the au natural method for softening brown sugar using apples or bread. Place your solid brown sugar in an airtight container and top with either fresh apple slices or fresh sandwich bread. The moisture will seep into the sugar resulting in a longer lasting softening effect.
Another top, placing sandwich bread on top a brownies will also help them stay moist longer! I use this technique when I ship brownies to my mother for Mother’s Day. They are her favorite. Caution though, this option can take anywhere for a few hours to overnight depending on how much brown sugar you have to soften.
THREE. The last technique isn’t really softening your rock hard brown sugar, it is substituting brown sugar. Use the same amount of white sugar as brown sugar and 2 teaspoons of molasses for every cup. Which is all brown sugar really is anyhow.
Lastly, you can avoid all of this by storing your brown sugar properly in the first place! Always use an airtight container, do not roll up the bag with a rubber band.
Then use one of these handy brown sugar savers. Soak them, set them in your container and you will never have this problem again!