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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

  • Soup Made In Advance

    Can I make Pea & Garlic soup a day in advance? I'm having dinner party - would be great to get some advance prep done! Many thanks Andrea.

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  • Cupcake Moulds

    Hello Nigella Team. I have always wanted to make cupcakes but cannot, as I have a microwave and can't use metal pans. Is there any alternative to metal pans? Can I use small porcelain bowls? If yes, then will the temperature differ while preheating? 

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  • What Went Wrong?

    I made the Easy Almond Cake from Domestic Goddess (p6) last night and I think I must have done something wrong. I made sure that everything was at room temperature and followed the recipe to the letter. The cake went into a preheated oven, I have a fan oven so adjusted the temperature from 170c to 160c. When the cake came out it had risen up and pulled away from the edge of the tin and also from the funnel in the middle, the tester came out clean and I left it in the tin to cool. The cake has collapsed and looks sad. This morning it feels like rubber. What have I done wrong?

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  • Chocolate Easter Egg Cake

    Hi there, I am having 14 people for Easter lunch, and being the person I am I would like to get as much done in advance as possible. I'm making slow roast lamb with beans on the day - but would love to do all the rest of the fiddly stuff beforehand. How long in advance could I make Nigella's Easter Cake? And if it can be done in advance at which stage should I stop and store it? Your help would be greatly appreciated. Ingrid (South Africa)

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  • Clementine Cake For Passover

    I've checked the cooked orange and almond cake recipes in a few places, and found that sometimes the batter is simply baked in a pan, and other times a waterbath is used (the pan set in a pan filled 1/2 way with water). Since I plan to make it for Passover, please tell me which is the preferred way? Thanks, Anna Fisher

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  • Instant Chocolate Mousse

    Please can you tell me how long I need to leave the melted chocolate mixture to cool before adding the whipped cream when making the Instant Chocolate Mousse from Nigella Express? Thank you.

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  • Chicken, Bacon and Mushroom Pies

    I saw Nigella making the Chicken, Bacon and Mushroom Pies during one of her TV shows and Nigella used a chicken stock concentrate from a bottle. Could you please give a recommended brand name for this so it can be ordered online? I can't find anything like this in my supermarket, but if it's British I may be able to find it on one of the UK grocery sites. Thanks!

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  • Hot Cross Buns

    Hi Nigella and Team! I love hot cross buns but now that I don't live in the UK I am having difficultly finding any to buy. Are they easy to make at home?

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