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Can I feed my Christmas cake with fresh orange juice instead of alcohol? Please could you also advise me when can I ice my cake (using fondant icicng) as I'm not sure if the icing will go hard if I ice it now? Thank you! .
Posted by ruth1. Answered on 10th Dec 2011 at 12.00Read The Answer
I would like to make Nigella's Incredibly Easy Chocolate Fruit Cake (Christmas, p180) for Christmas. Would my springform pan work for this?
I would like to make a half-sized version of the Incredibly Easy Chocolate Christmas Cake and would like your advice on quantities and cooking times.
Posted by Mina. Answered on 9th Dec 2011 at 12.00Read The Answer
A few years ago I made a Nigella quick Christmas cake with a glazed fruit topping. I can't seem to find the recipe again, please could you help? With thanks.
Posted by dorothy1. Answered on 8th Dec 2011 at 12.00Read The Answer
I am throwing a Christmas holiday party soon and I am planning on making Nigella's Potato Cakes with Smoked Salmon from Nigella Express (p198). How long in advance can I griddle the potato pancakes? Thank you.
Posted by browngirl. Answered on 7th Dec 2011 at 12.00Read The Answer
Hi there, I would love to try Nigella's Ultimate Christmas Pudding (Christmas p138), but unfortunately I can't eat suet. Is it possible to substitute butter, vegetable shortening or perhaps something else for those of us of the vegetarian persuasion?
Posted by k.romero. Answered on 6th Dec 2011 at 12.00Read The Answer
In the recipe for a Boozy Christmas cake, one of the ingredients calls for preserved root ginger balls. What exactly is this? Here in the US we have candied ginger. Is this is acceptable as an alternative and if so what would the quantity be? Thanks, Deborah
Posted by BeeBlossom. Answered on 5th Dec 2011 at 12.00Read The Answer
It's not really a cooking question but Nigella's Christmas book has lovely white dinnerware with red reindeer prancing about. I can't find it anywhere, and indeed probably won't, but if it would be possible to get any information on who made the plates or where she got them, perhaps they have other minimalistic jolly patterns for my own kitchen at Christmas.
Posted by potato. Answered on 4th Dec 2011 at 12.00Read The Answer
I am hosting my first Christmas dinner this year and plan to make your lovely looking Christmas pudding (Christmas, p138). Being a relative novice to the cooking world, I would like to ask one question. The recipe is for a 3 pint pudding basin but I only have a 1.5 pint basin. By how much, if any, should I reduce the steaming time by? Also, would I have to reduce the steaming time on the big day? Thanks in advance!
Posted by Vickilou. Answered on 3rd Dec 2011 at 12.00Read The Answer