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Welcome to Kitchen Queries, where the nigella.com team will answer your cooking or food related questions.  We’d love you to submit some of your recipe problems, dilemmas or queries for us to get our teeth into!

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Latest Queries

  • Mini Pavlovas In Advance

    Hi there, can the Mini Pavlovas be made in advance or should they be eaten on the day they are made? And also the same question for the Chocolate Pavlova with Raspberries. Obviously I wouldn't add the cream until the day but can the meringues be made beforehand? Many thanks.

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  • Irish Cream Tiramisu Dish

    The recipe for the Irish Cream Tiramisu (made with Bailey's) specifies a square glass dish. Is it important that the dish be glass? I have a Corning Ware (ceramic) one & a metal one, but not a glass one. Since it doesn't get baked, I can't see why glass would be important, but would like to know your thoughts. Thanks very much.

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  • Servings For Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

    I would like to make the olive oil chocolate cake to serve 25 - 30 people. If I double the recipe what size pan should I use. And will doubling be enough?

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  • Creepy Cookies Stamped Cookies

    Hi there. I'm planning to make some birthday party biscuits using a circular letter stamper with a personalised message on. I want to make sure the recipe I use is firm enough to hold the message when cooked. Would the Creepy Cookies recipe be suitable? Thanks.

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  • Slow Roasted Chicken Without Skin

    Can skinless chicken be used to cook the Slow Roasted Chicken With Garlic And Lemon? If so, please share the approx cooking time and any alterations required to the recipe.

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  • Freezing Scones

    I've baked 160 of Nigella's scones for a tea in 2 days time. Tonight I wrapped the frozen scones in foil in packages of 10, then put each package into a freezer bag. We will reheat them before serving. My concern is - will they develop moisture in the plastic bag? Would they get soggy? Awful thought!

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  • No Churn Coffee Ice Cream Too Firm

    I have made the No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream recipe several times but it always freezes solid. Please advise how to make it soft.

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  • Large Red Velvet Cake

    Hi! I am going to make a red velevet cake instead of the cupcakes. My question is what is the cream cheese used? I.e. is it mascarpone or other? Thanks!

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