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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

  • How Long To Defrost A Turkey

    For the last few years I have cooked Nigella's Christmas turkey soaked in brine recipe from the Christmas book with great success. Last year, just after Christmas, I bought a (vastly reduced in price) Norfolk Black free range turkey and froze it. It weighs 6kg. I have not got round to using it and wonder if you think it would have enough flavour to use this Christmas? Also how long would I need to defrost it for prior to soaking? Thanks!  

    I'd like to use a frozen turkey for the Nigella's Spiced and Superjuicy Roast Turkey. Do I have to defrost the turkey fully before soaking it in the brine or could it defrost slowly whilst marinating? Thanks, Nicky.

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  • Girdle Buster Pie

    I would like to make Nigella's Girdle Buster Pie for Christmas. Could I use maple syrup instead of golden syrup?

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  • Christmas Cakes

    Hello, I'm planning to make the Traditional Christmas Cake from Nigella Christmas this weekend but needed to clarify the quantity of bourbon/brandy required for the medium sized cake (20cm square). I am more than happy to put in 400ml of bourbon but as it is a drastically different amount to other Christmas cake recipes I've looked at I did wonder if it was a typo? I do hope it's not! Thanks.

    I have a recipe for a Christmas cake to be cooked in an 8" tin but I would like to make a couple of smaller cakes instead. How do I go about adjusting the ingredients for a 4 3/4 x 1 3/4 deep tin? Chris Luckings.   

    I would like to make Nigella's Incredibly Easy Chocolate Fruit Cake (Christmas, p180) for Christmas. Can you please tell me if the 350g of prunes are dried or tinned? Its my first Christmas cake and I don't want to start off with the wrong ingredients. Hope you can help me.

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  • Yule Log

    Hi, I'm just wondering if you have any suggestions for reducing the sugar content in Nigella's amazing Yule Log? I have tried fruit sugar/fructose and stevia with average to poor results so would love to hear some suggestions!

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  • Royal Icing

    Hello, I notice that Nigella often suggests using "Instant Royal Icing" for cupcakes and cookies, to which one just simply adds water to make. I live here in the US and have a hard timing sourcing this. As I'm concerned about food safety, I'm hesitant to use raw egg whites to make the icing, and I want something other than a glace frosting! What would be a good alternative to making instant royal icing at home? Thank you!

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  • Black Cake

    Hello, I've soaked the fruit ready to make Black Cake for Christmas. In Domestic Goddess the recipe says to use half the fruit in making the cake. Is that an error or do I do something else with the rest of the fruit? Many thanks, Anita

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  • Holiday Fir Cake Tin

    I have the Holiday Fir cake tin used in Nigella Christmas to make 'Spruced-Up Vanilla Cake' and would love suggestions for alternative cake recipes (including fruit) that would work well in this tin. Thanks!

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  • Shaped Fruit Cake

    Hello, I have made Nigella's Chocolate Fruit Cake for quite a few years now and everyone just loves it! I do make the same thing every year though so was going to try to make it a little different. I was planning to make it in a "holiday tree" bunt tin which, clearly, presents some challenges for decorating. I had wanted to do more than just a sprinkle of icing sugar and was thinking of pouring a thin (but complete) layer of chocolate over it. I'd thought that this should hopefully effectively seal the cake and help it to last at least a few weeks as well as enhancing the 'chocolatey-ness'. Do you have any experience of anyone doing this or any tips you could maybe offer? Many thanks!

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