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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

  • 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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  • Sambuca In Sambuca Kisses

    I would love to try Nigella's Sambuca Kisses recipe, because it is so similar to a dish my mom used to make for us when we were growing up. My mom used tvorog in her recipe, but it's so hard to find it in London (a little bit like cottage cheese, but different texture). I never thought of using ricotta. But my question is whether it is possible to makes Sambuca Kisses without actual sambuca or any alcohol whatsoever? How important is it to keep that ingredient in? I'd like to try the recipe and give it to children - can't use alcohol though! Thank you.

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