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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

  • Lemon Polenta Cake

    I wanted to make ahead (by a few days) the Lemon Polenta Cake for a party and I would like to know if I can bake it two days ahead and then pour the syrup the day of serving? Also can I freeze the cake (with or without the syrup)? Thanks - I am looking forward to making this!

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  • Soft Vanilla Fudge

    I have followed the Vanilla Fudge recipe to a tee. But, even when the candy thermometer says it's over 120c and at "soft ball stage" the fudge won't harden? I beat it with an electric mixer for nearly 20 mins, but it wouldn't go matt like it's supposed to. I've tried it twice today. Both times failed. Please help!

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  • Devils Food Cake Not Rising

    Hi, I've baked the Devil's Food Cake for the first time and I was disappointed that the layers seem to have come up really thin. I don't think any of my ingredients are out if date so could there be another reason why this has happened? Also, does the sponge freeze well on it's own?

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  • Walnuts Changing Colour In Banana Bread

    Hi, I've tried baking the Banana Bread several times now & each time I bake it, the walnut skin turns black. The same thing happens when I bake carrot cake. I read that it is the reaction between the walnut and bicarbonate of soda that causes it turn black. How do I prevent this from happening as it looks awful!

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  • Cooking Time For Smaller Chocolate Pudding

    If I only wanted to make half the recipe for the Chocolate Pudding With Hot Chocolate Sauce, to fit a one and half pint pudding basin. How long would I need to steam it?

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  • Mini Chocolate Fruit Cakes

    I was thinking of making the Chocolate Fruit Cake from Nigella Christmas in time for Xmas as part of a gift hamper, but I was wondering if I could do it in cupcake form using gold foil cases. Can I bake and freeze a few days in advance? Also I was going to do the Gorgeously Golden Fruit Cake in the same way. Any tips on length of cooking, oven temperature and storing would be helpful. Many thanks and looking forward to new show! Joanne.

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  • Freezing Cherry Cheesecake

    Hello! I'd like to know if the Cherry Cheesecake can be frozen.

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  • Autumnal Birthday Cake Pans

    The recipe for the Autumnal Birthday Cake doesn't say what size cake tin to use. Can you help please? Vanessa

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