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Kitchen Queries

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

  • Spiced Peaches as Christmas Gifts

    Can Nigella's Spiced Peaches be made in advance and stored for a period of time as a preserve? I was hoping to make some and give it as gifts. Thank you.

    Hi, I'm going to make the Spiced Peaches as gifts for my friends this Christmas. How long will the peaches last in the jar? Many thanks! Adam.   

    I made the spiced peaches for Christmas time last year, they were delicious. How far in advance can I make them please? EAGarlick.

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  • Chocolate Christmas Cake

    How long in advance can you make Nigella's Chocolate Christmas Cake and could you use an alternative to coffee liqueur? Many thanks.  

    I do not like coffee, does the Tia Maria in the Chocolate Fruit Cake come through strongly in the cake or could I use something else? Thanks, godzilla. 

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  • Timings for Ultimate Christmas Pudding

    The recipe says to steam for 5 hours when making and 3 hours on Christmas Day. Can the timings be altered to say 7 hours when making and 1 hour on Christmas Day as this would be the preferred option. Thank you.

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  • Fruit in Christmas Pudding

    What fruits can I use in Nigella's Ultimate Christmas Pudding? Can I use dates instead of currants or something else?

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  • Sherry for Ultimate Christmas Pudding

    I have found La Concha Pedro Ximenez sherry at Waitrose. Will that do or does it have to be the Triana Pedro Ximenez sherry?

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  • Smaller Christmas Puddings

    I have 6 small plastic pudding basins with lids (1/2 pt/300ml size). I remember using them once but I can't remember what recipe I was making. If I use a recipe for a bigger pudding how long do you think I would need to steam these smaller puddings for and what's the best way to tell if they are done?

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  • Keeping Christmas Pudding.

    How long can you keep homemade Christmas Pudding?

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  • Yogurt Pot Cake

    Nigella made an Italian Yogurt Pot Cake in episode 5 of her recent Nigellissima program on BBC2. For some reason all recipes from this series are available on BBC website apart from this one. Would you be able to send me the recipe please?   

    In Nigellisima, Nigella says to bake the yoghurt cake in a moderate oven. What temperature is that? Thank you for your help. Pereza.

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