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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

  • Single Cream In Creme Brulee

    I am an Australian living in Holland and have been searching for double cream to make Nigella's Creme Brulee recipe. Unfortunately, I just discovered the Dutch don't do double cream, and anything available here is imported from the UK, so it is very expensive! As a substitute, would single cream with perhaps a bit of cornflour work?

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  • Red Prawn And Mango Curry In Advance

    I would like to cook Nigella's Red Prawn And Mango Curry on a Friday to serve for a dinner party on Saturday. Can I reheat the prawns? Thanks.

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  • Triple Chocolate Brownies

    In her recipe for Triple Chocolate Brownies Nigella says to use 3 sticks of butter? What does that mean?

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  • Chocolate Cheesecake With Chilli

    I have baked the Chocolate Cheesecake countless times and it has always been a hit. But I would like to enhance it and make it even more special for my boyfriend's birthday and he suggested making it a chocolate chilli cheesecake. What would be the right type of chilli to add (chilli powder, dried chilli flakes fresh chillies?) and how and when in the receipe would I add it?  

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  • Making Molten Chocolate Babycakes Ahead

    I need to make my Molten Chocolate Babycakes a day ahead and was looking for advice for storage and whether/how to reheat them when I serve them. Thanks!

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  • Madeira Cake Oven Temperature

    Hello, I would like to cook Nigella's Madeira cake. I have assisted fan oven so I'm not sure what oven temparture to use and how long to cook for? Thank you.

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  • Crumbly Chocolate Fudge Cake

    I have made the Chocolate Fudge Cake about 6 times now and although it is a bit crumbly it covers well and holds together with the icing. However, today I made it (using a free standing mixer for first time) and it has just fallen apart!!! Any idea what I am doing wrong?

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  • Rosemary Remembrance Cake Tin

    I'm hoping to make Nigella's Rosemary Remembrance Cake, but the recipe is only designed for use in a 1lb loaf tin. Do I need to double the recipe to fit into my 2lb loaf tin? Thank you!

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