Have you ever run out of brown sugar in the middle of baking - only to pull out a bag from your food storage and find it's as hard as a rock? I can't tell you how many times that's happened to me. I guess I don't make Brad enough chocolate chip cookies...I'm sure he would agree.
Here are four ways to soften brown sugar:
- Microwave - Place brown sugar in a bowl next to a cup of water in the microwave. Soften 45 seconds to 2 minutes, and check every 30 seconds. This method is for quick use and will not keep brown sugar soft.
- Oven - Preheat oven to 250 degrees, put in an oven safe dish for 5-10 minutes stirring occasionally. Don't leave in oven longer than 10 minutes. For immediate use.
- Overnight Method - Place brown sugar in a bowl with two damp paper towels on top. Cover with plastic wrap and in foil. Throw away paper towels in the morning. This method will keep your brown sugar soft for long term storage.
- Bread Method - Place brown sugar in airtight container with a slice of bread for 1-2 days. Toss the bread when you are done. This will also keep your brown sugar soft for long term storage.