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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

  • Ice Cream/Semifreddo

    I saw Nigella make a no-churn ice cream on TV the other day the other day - she called it Semifreddo ice cream. It was made with cream and eggs and honey. I cannot seem to find the recipe any more. Please help! It looked so good that I want to try making it. Thanks, Jyoti

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  • Dairy-Free Muffins

    Hello! A number of delicious-sounding Nigella muffin recipes require runny yogurt (e.g. the Apple Cinnamon Muffins in Kitchen). I am lactose intolerant so I was wondering if I could make the muffins with soya yogurt instead? Do you think it would work? Thanks!

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  • Melting Butterscotch Chips

    My friend who lives in the Midwest kindly sent me the recipe she uses for making Scotharoos, an American peanut-butter variant of Rice Krispie treats. I love them but I can't replicate the suggested topping, which is made by melting equal quantities of butterscotch chips and chocolate chips together. I can't get the butterscotch chips to melt before the chocolate seizes. I've tried a double boiler and also taking it very slowly in a saucepan. Unfortunately I don't currently have a microwave, which is what my friend uses. Please can you advise me on the best method? Would a different brand of butterscotch chips help? Many thanks!

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  • Rhubarb

    In several of Nigella's recipes she makes use of rhubarb. I grew up in the North of England, so we enjoyed rhubarb in crumbles, stewed, in pies and more. But my husband absolutely hates it. He won't eat it in anything, even if disguised within a fruit crumble or fool. Do you have any suggestions for a substitution veggie/fruit which may have similar texture or qualities?

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  • Crunchie Bars Substitution

    I live in the US, and saw Nigella's Sweet And Salty Crunch Nut Bars. I have never seen a honeycomb bar here and was wondering if a Butterfinger bar would work instead? Thank you for your time

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  • Trifle Sponges Substitute

    Hi, I live in Mexico and here you can't find the trifle sponges mentioned in some of Nigella's recipes. What could I use insted of them?

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  • Red Pie Dishes

    Please can you tell me where to find the pie dishes/pots shown in the photograph on p175 of Nigella Express - the Chicken, Mushroom & Bacon Pie recipe. I have looked everywhere and can't seem to find anywhere that sells them! Thanks

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  • Chocolate Fudge Wedding Cake

    I am getting married on 29th December and I would like to make a chocolate fudge cake wedding cake. I always make the one in Nigella Bites (p47), so this is definitely a tried and tested one for me. However, I wanted to do a tiered cake for 120 guests, the recipe in Nigella Bites is for an 8 inch cake, would you be able to tell the me quantities and the timings/oven temperatures to bake a 10 inch and a 6 inch version of this cake? 

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