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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

  • Is It Possible To Re-bake A Cake?

    I baked the Devil's Food Cake from Kitchen and I thought it was done because the toothpick came out clean. Only after it cooled and I sliced it, I noticed that it wasn't all cooked. The centre wasn't evenly brown - it had a mix of dark and light brown. Could I have popped it back in the oven to re-bake?

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  • Larger Size Chocolate Fruit Cake

    Hi. I'd like to make Nigella's Incredibly Easy Chocolate Fruit Cake (from Nigella Christmas) as the bottom tier of a wedding cake. Nigella uses a 20cm/8-inch tin (which makes 10 'generous slices') but I need to feed 40 people with this bottom tier. Can I double or triple for example the cake ingredients and how long would it take to cook? Many thanks.

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  • Oil Bottle

    Hi Team Nigella, could you please tell me where I can purchase the oil bottles Nigella uses on her TV show? She always has them on her counter near the stove. Thank you. 

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  • Marzipan vs Almond Paste

    Lots of recipes call for almond paste. What is the difference between marzipan and almond paste? I have not seen almond paste here can so can I use marzipan instead? If not then is there a way to make almond paste? Thanks.

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  • Shortcrust Pastry By Machine

    Please can you tell me how I can make great shortcrust pastry in my Kenwood Major? My attempts so far have produced an extremely short pastry that is really difficult to work with. I need to produce quite large batches. If the problem cannot be resolved a sure fire suggestion for divine pastry would be great. Thank you!

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  • Fruit Cake - Is It Baked?

    I'm baking my own wedding cake, using the Christmas cake recipe in Nigella's Feast. I used the largest measurements, and after leaving the cake to bake for 4 hours I opened the oven to discover it was still quite raw-looking - I'd put the cake on the lowest shelf in the oven, and it was obviously too low. I moved the cake up, increased the heat, and after another hour and a half the cake seemed to be cooked through. I am concerned, though, that as the cake sat for so many hours at a low temperature, that 1) it will not taste perfect - there might be a 'raw flour' taste, and 2) there might be a food safety issue because there were six raw eggs in the batter. As it's a wedding cake I want it to taste perfect and ideally not poison any of the pregnant or old people who'll be at the reception. What is your advice? Would it be best to throw out this cake and start again?

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  • Kitchen Equipment

    On the Kitchen TV show Nigella serves butter on a small wooden chopping board with a handle. Where can I buy one?   

    Hello, I was wondering where I could find Nigella's silver metal jars used for storing sugar in episodes of Kitchen? Thank you, Sam

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  • Birthday Cake for a 1 year old

    What type of cake is suitable for a 1 year old? Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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