Substitute Madeira wine or additional milk for the Marsala wine.
Softening Brown Sugar
If your brown sugar has turned into a hard, compacted lump, add a slice of bread or an apple wedge to the bag or canister. Seal and let stand until softened, about 1 to 2 days. For quicker softening, microwave on HIGH at 30 second intervals, just until softened, taking care not to melt the sugar.