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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

  • Softening Butter in A Hurry

    Sometimes I get a whim and want to bake something right away and I don't always have butter sitting out at room temperture. I have tried to soften the butter in the microwave and that doesn't always work properly. Any suggestions to speed up the process so that it is still solid and doesn't risk becoming melted? Thank you!

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  • Loaf Cakes Overflowing From Tins

    Hi, I made your Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake (Kitchen, p308) today and found that the mixture rises so much above my tin that it falls onto the bottom of my oven. This has happened twice before, I am sure I have 1lb loaf tins, what am I doing wrong? Thanks Lorraine 

    Every time I try to make the Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake receipie from "Domestic Godess" (p166) it explodes over the oven like a volcano! No cake left in the tin, all the batter over the oven floor. What am I doing wrong? Andien

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  • What is Over Mixing?

    In some cake or cupcake receipes you mention "....to avoid over-mixing..". What will happen to a cake/cupcake when you over-mix (how does it affect the cake/cupcake)?

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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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