Food - Drink
The Simple Way To Soften Brown Sugar Fast
By HALDAN KIRSCH
Finding out that your brown sugar has solidified into a block while you're in the middle of baking can be frustrating. Before you give up on using your brown sugar and reach for a substitute, try this a surefire way of softening sugar that involves just a few pieces of equipment.
Chip off a chunk of hard brown sugar, wrap it in aluminum foil, and place it in the oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit, checking it every five minutes or so, and then break up any of the remaining clumps with a fork. Trapping the sugar in the aluminum foil allows the heat to slowly loosen the hard sugar crystals.
The reason why brown sugar hardens is that it contains molasses; when moisture in molasses evaporates, it causes sugar crystals to clump together. Keeping brown sugar in an airtight container and adding a marshmallow, a piece of white bread, or pieces of apple will prevent it from hardening in the first place.