Have you ever wondered how to soften brown sugar? Isn't it frustrating when you are all ready to bake, your ingredients are out, your baking pans are greased and your oven is preheated and your brown sugar is as hard as a rock? Brown sugar hardens because of its exposure to dry air. Brown sugar is sugar with molasses added to it. It is best to store it in a tightly lidded plastic container such as a Tupperware container, in a dark cabinet away from heat. There are a few easy ways to soften brown sugar.

Place the hard brown sugar in a microwave safe bowl, wet 2 pieces of white paper towel and drape it over the bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute, check to see if it has softened. If the brown sugar is still hard, microwave on high for an additional 30 seconds at a time until the brown sugar has softened. Be careful when checking because sugar can get very hot, very quickly.

Place the hardened brown sugar into a large zippered plastic bag with a slice of fresh white bread. remove as much air as possible from the bag and zip the bag closed. Leave it overnight to soften.

Cut an apple into quarters or slices and place it in a zippered plastic bag with the hard brown sugar. Get excess air out of the bag and zip the bag closed. Leave it overnight, remove the apple slices.

Preheat your oven to 250° to 275° put the hard brown sugar in a baking pan, fill another baking pan half way with water. Place both baking pans in the oven, next to each other for about 1/2 an hour to soften brown sugar.

Place the hardened brown sugar in a plastic container with a lid, loosely lay a piece of plastic wrap over the brown sugar and place 2 to 3 pieces of damp paper towel on top of the plastic wrap. Place the lid on the container and leave it overnight.

Grate brown sugar to use it immediately.

Do not store brown sugar in the refrigerator, it will harden faster.