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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

  • Ground Almond Flour

    Lots of cake receipes say to use this along with normal flour but I don't like almonds! Will using it make the the cake taste of almonds? Thanks, Beccy

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  • Burnt Chilli Jam

    I tried to make the chilli jam tonight and it sadly burnt! After you add the chillis and peppers it says bring to the boil and boil rollocking for 10 mins, well, I only boiled it for 7 and disaster struck. Anyone help please as I need to make some for a competition in 10 days time. Thanks, Ian

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  • Nigella's Gold Cutlery & Alphabet Bowl

    Hi, I love the gold cutlery and serving spoons that Nigella uses in the Kitchen TV series. May I know where can I get them?  

    Hi, in the latest show on TLC (India) I saw Nigella use an alphabetical serving bowl to serve some nuts. Please could you let me know where this comes from. Arpita.

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  • Horlicks and Ovaltine

    Would cocoa powder be a suitable substitute for chocolate Ovaltine in the Go Get 'Em Smoothie (Nigella Express, p86)? And just use less of it?

    Do you recommend the "original" or "light" version of Horlicks for the Chocolate Brownie Bowls (Kitchen, p161)? For "original", you have to add milk, for "light", you have to add water. Hungryfrog.

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  • Queries: Malteser Cake/Steak & Kidney Pudding

    Is it correct that there is only 15g of butter in Nigella's Chocolate Malteser Cake (Feast, p283)?  

    Does Nigella really mean a 3 litre plastic bowl for the Steak & Kidney Pudding on page 94 of Domestic Goddess? The pudding would be bigger than my table! Surely she meant to put 3 pints? Jo

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  • Are Bundt Tins Mandatory for Some Cake Recipes?

    I am wondering if it is possible to bake some bundt cake recipes in normat cake tins as I don't have a bundt tin but I am eager to get into the Maple Pecan cake and other recipes such as Easy Almond cake. I was wondering whether I can use a normal springform cake tin? Do I bake the cake for longer? And are there other adjustments to take in mind? I fear the centre will not cook or there's some secret to these 'bundt recipes' that I'm not privy to. I am rather attached to my loaf tin and I realise when a recipe specifies a certain cake tin, there's usually a reason why, so I dare not simply bake it in one.

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  • How to Make Perfect Pineapple Upside Down Cake?

    Hi, I LOVE Pineapple Upside down cake, it's one of my favourites. The first time I made it was at school in food technology, and it was perfect! Since then, I've tried to make it at home, but it never comes out light and fluffy like it did when I first made it. It usually comes out hard as a rock! I've followed recipes online, and in books but I get the same result every time. I have no idea what I'm doing wrong. Any ideas? Sam.

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  • Soggy Pastry Bases

    I have tried putting pastry dishes onto hot baking tays or direct on to the oven shelf, used glass, tin and enamel but I still seem to have a wet patch at the centre of my pastry. Why? it's almost as if it's uncooked but I know that it is cooked. Should  I brush the bases with egg white, let it dry and then bake? Stella

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