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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

  • Chocolate-Cherry Cupcakes

    Hi, I would like to make the Chocolate-Cherry Cupcakes from Nigella's "How to be a Domestic Goddess" book but I would like to make it as one big cake. If I did do this what size cake tin should I use? How long should I cook it for? What temperature should I cook it at? Thank you.

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  • Flour For Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake

    Can self-raising flour be used instead of plain flour in Nigella's Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake recipe? Also does it have to be 'unsalted' butter for this recipe?

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  • Crispy Duck

    Hi. I am going to try to cook Nigella's Crispy Duck recipe but I'm using just a crown rather than a whole duck. How long will it take to cook? I imagine it would be less?

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  • No-Bake Cheesecake

    Hi Nigella, I would like to know if it is necessary to add gelatin to no-bake cheesecakes? Previously the no-bake cheesecake that I made was not firm and solid, it became very sloppy although I had placed it in the fridge for some time. Is adding gelatine the solution, or are there other ways to overcome this?

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  • Chocolate Pistachio Fudge

    Nigella's recipe for Chocolate Pistachio Fudge uses condensed milk as an ingredient. In Australia, we have both sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk. Do you mean the former? I used sweetened condensed milk and the recipe was terrific but I don't know if I've unintentionally improvised or used the correct ingredient?

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  • Chocolate Guinness Cake

    Can you freeze Nigella's Chocolate Guinness Cake before icing it? Cal. 

    I am making Nigella's Chocolate Guinness Cake for St. Patrick's Day (17th March). If using margarine instead of butter is it best to use soft or hard margarine? Many thanks, Kevin.

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  • Potato Ricer

    Hi Team Nigella, I just wondered which potato ricer Nigella uses?

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  • Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake

    Hi! I recently made Nigella's Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake (with sour cream), which asks you to use an electric mixer (which I don't have), to combine the flour etc with the butter. I used a hand held electric whisk instead, but the result was very heavy and dense. Is there a better way of making this cake by hand, or where did I go wrong? The icing was delicious though! Many thanks, Judith

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