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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

  • Storing Christmas Pudding Without Bowl

    I have one pudding bowl but I want to make a few puddings. What's the best way to store the pudding without the bowl?

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  • Suet In Ultimate Christmas Pudding

    Yesterday I made the Ultimate Christmas Pudding for the first time. I left it to cool overnight in it's tin foil. When I unwrapped it this morning, the flecks of suet were very visible. As we often eat "Pudding " cold on Boxing Day I am really disappointed. it looks most unappetizing. Is this normal ? What have I done wrong? Please Help!

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  • Storing Xmas Pudding Before And After Steaming

    I want to share the tradition of making a Christmas pudding with my American friends. We plan to get together to make your recipe, but as there will be several puddings being made I will be unable to steam all the puddings at the same time. Will the recipe spoil if the puddings are put into the bowls and not steamed immediately ? Can they be stored in a fridge for a couple of hours until the steaming is commenced ? Looking forward to my friends and I enjoying another Nigella recipe. MandyNeat

    You recommend storing an Xmas pudding in a cool dark place. Is the fridge OK? I have a small central heated house, finding dark cool places is not easy.

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  • Slow Cooker Ultimate Christmas Pudding

    Can the Ultimate Christmas Pudding be done successfully in the slow cooker?

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  • Pressure Cooking Ultimate Christmas Pudding

    Can you advise please on pressure cooker timings for both the 3 litre pudding and a 2 litre and 1 litre please. I am hoping this will save a bit of time on the day as well as in the initial cooking

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  • Smaller Versions Of Ultimate Christmas Pudding

    I've been using the Ultimate Christmas Pudding recipe for the last couple of years and was wondering if I could it into individual Christmas puddings to give as gifts using smaller pudding basins and cooking for a shorter time. Would this work?  

    I am planning on making Christmas puddings and I am going to use Nigella's Ultimate Christmas Pudding recipe but I am planning on making individual ones to give as gifts. Please can you tell me what the steaming times would be for 1/4 pint and 1/2 pint pudding basins. Many thanks, Lawz.  

    I would like to make Nigella's Ultimate Christmas Pudding. How do I reduce the ingredients? I would like to make one pudding for 8 and one for 4 people. Thank you for your help Liz

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  • Icing Incredibly Easy Chocolate Fruit Cake

    I would love to do Nigella's Incredibly Easy Chocolate Fruit Cake at Christmas and decorate it with sugarpaste. I know marzipan is the best option under the sugarpaste but as I don't like marzipan would you recommend anything else? Could I use ganache? If yes how long would it last? Thanks.

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  • Flour For Christmas Cake

    I'm making Nigella's Christmas Cake and we don't have plain flour where I live. Can I use all-purpose or something else in the recipe? Thanks!

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