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Hi! The other day I made a coconut cake used called for coconut milk and brown sugar. I substituted the brown sugar with demerera sugar and followed the recipe accordingly. It all came out well but for the fact that it became too crumbly. The cake was too brittle even when cooled and cut. I was wondering what could cause this? Thank you.
Posted by Kaajal. Answered on 28th Jun 2012 at 12.00Read The Answer
I remember watching a Nigella programme where she soaked chickpeas, I think with some bicarbonate of soda. I wanted to check if this is correct and what was the purpose of the bicarb?
Posted by ccomey. Answered on 27th Jun 2012 at 12.00Read The Answer
Dear Nigella Team, I am looking for a hob and oven proof casserole dish/pot and having trouble finding one in a reasonable price range. Do you have any ideas? Thanks Jack
Posted by jack2k6. Answered on 26th Jun 2012 at 12.00Read The Answer
Hello! I was looking at Nigella's sumptuous creme patissiere recipe in order to make some fruit tartlets. I love the combination of double cream with milk! But the recipe states that you can't put this creme patissiere in the fridge! It would be great if I could store some of this - and a shame to have to throw away any leftovers! Why can't this be stored in the fridge? What tweaks to the recipe would make it acceptable to store in the fridge?
Posted by mishaeliz. Answered on 25th Jun 2012 at 12.00Read The Answer
Hi, I live in India and make cookies for my kids very often. Could you give me an easy icing recipe for the cookies. Also how long do cookies last? Thank you.
Posted by alfi9. Answered on 24th Jun 2012 at 12.00Read The Answer
I would like to know why a lot of my cakes sink in the middle. I guess it's because the middle is still not cooked enough. Yet even when I bake them for longer than the recipe states I still often have problems with sinking. The temperature of my oven has been tested and is accurate. Is there anything I should do differently in the mixing process? Many thanks Rachel
Posted by rpalmer. Answered on 23rd Jun 2012 at 12.00Read The Answer
I just made one of the cakes on your website (Grandma's Devil's Food Cake) and I believe some of the measurements may not be quite right (using tablespoons/tbsp instead of teaspoons/tsp). It did not turn out quite as expected. I thought the recipes on this site were recipe-tested.
Posted by janecook. Answered on 22nd Jun 2012 at 12.00Read The Answer
Can you give me Nigella's recipe for basic pancakes or direct me to where I can find it on her site please?
Posted by ggrant. Answered on 21st Jun 2012 at 12.00Read The Answer