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  • Norwegian Cinnamon Buns - Wet Dough

    I have made this recipe from How To Be A Domestic Goddess (p322) on several occasions and always love the outcome. I have, however, never been able to get away with using the 600g of flour that the recipe calls for. I am not sure if I am doing something wrong, but I invariably require substantially more flour. Please help. Thanks

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  • Eggs- Refrigerated Or Not?

    Should eggs be refrigerated? I used to and then stopped, as I heard they shouldn't be. Yesterday I was buying eggs at a UK supermarket and their advice was to put them in the fridge. Can you perhaps clarify for me and probably 100s of others who have the egg dilema? Many thanks

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  • Cakes & Other Recipes Using Fresh Lemons

    As it is the Citrus season in Australia, could you please recommend some recipes of cakes, pastries or other sweets using fresh lemons? I remember watching the latest series- Nigella Kitchen- where there was one with lemons and almond meal (ground almonds) - it looked fantastic! Thank you Patricia - NSW Australia

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  • Cream Cheese Icing Turned Runny

    I have tried with various recipes to make cream cheese icing, and each time, the icing has turned out too runny to 'frost' a cupake or carrot cake. I've tried using full fat cream cheese and the correct proportion of cream cheese to icing sugar, but still no success (e.g. 125g cream cheese, 250g icing sugar, 2 tsp lemon juice). I've tried using an electric mixer and by hand. Many thanks.

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  • Alternatives for Liqueurs in Desserts

    i wondered if there is an alternate substance to use instead of liquer in desserts like tiramisu and certain ice creams as I don't use alcohol at all. I don't want to miss out on the opportunity of making delicious desserts just because i dont have an alternative. Please help with suggestions. 

    Hi! I'm from Pakistan and don't have access to liquor or any alcoholic drink really, but Nigella's Chestnut Chocopots from the Christmas book (p98) that I've bought look so scrumptious I was wondering if they would turn out fine if I didn't add the rum or if there was any substitute I could use instead. Thank you! Shezatiq.

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  • Substitute for Onion and Garlic

    My husband is allergic to onion and anything in the same family (leeks, spring onions, shallots, chives etc.) and can only tolerate very small amounts of garlic. Plus he hates hot and spicy food. I substitute onion with celery where applicable, and sometimes use stock powder for flavour, however I am wondering if you have any suggestions as to what I can use as an onion or garlic substitute in savoury recipes?

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  • Coconut Milk Alternatives?

    There are a lot of recipes at the moment that seem to require coconut (milk or cream) but I'm allergic to it. What's a good alternative please? It's particularly frustrating for me when I want to do Asian-style cooking, but also cakes, biscuits etc. I've read about using regular dairy cream instead just means piling on the calories! Thanks

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  • Rescuing Salty Raw Minced Meat

    I recently bought a big amount of minced meat and spiced it with onion, garlic, allspice and unfortunately a big amount of salt. I tried to decrease the saltiness by adding bread crumbs and eggs; is there any better way to remove that excess salt?

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