How to soften brown sugar quickly and easily so you can start baking whenever the urge strikes!
You may have noticed a bit of a theme in some of my baking tip posts and this trick to soften brown sugar quickly is no different! 🙂 I have a bit of an issue with being suddenly inspired to bake, but not having the right ingredients handy for what I want to make, or only having ingredients that are stale or not baking-ready in the cupboard. Oh! You too? Well, I think this probably truthfully happens to everyone at some point, but I do feel like it happens to me pretty regularly. I love finding little tricks to help me out with these issues though, so this was the perfect opportunity!
I do have a great trick for keeping brown sugar soft, but I guess at some point we had just stopped doing that and ended up with a giant rock of brown sugar. Whoops!
How to Soften Brown Sugar Quickly
So here’s how to soften brown sugar if you ever find yourself in this situation too!
- First, put your giant rock of brown sugar in a glass bowl.
- Next take a sheet or two of lightly-dampened paper towel and place it over the bowl.
- Microwave for 30 seconds!
Depending on how much brown sugar you’re working with, your brown sugar may be completely ready to go at this point. If it’s not, grab a fork and break it up a little bit.
Repeat your microwaving and fork-stabbing technique until all the brown sugar is soft!
If you’re looking for a way to soften brown sugar quickly, this is it. The simplest method always wins in my books and this is definitely a super simple method!
Give it a try the next time you want to bake you need to soften brown sugar quickly!
Do you have a different trick that you use to soften brown sugar quickly? I’d love to hear about it!
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.