Kitchen Tips: How to Soften Brown Sugar

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If you are a baker, you know that annoying moment when you reach for the brown sugar to add to a recipe, only to discover something more akin to that which is found on an archeological dig. Before you toss that petrified rock  in the trash and dash across the street to the grocery store in your pajamas (oh yes I did), there is a solution.

To soften brown sugar, place the hardened sugar into a glass casserole dish. Cover the sugar with moist paper towels, and then cover the dish. Microwave in 30 second intervals until the sugar is reverted back to it’s soft, pliable stage. Do not over cook it, or it will melt completely. Be careful when handling it. The sugar will be hot.

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