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Latest Queries

  • Texture Of Ultimate Christmas Pudding

    I have just made the Ultimate Christmas Pudding and given it it's first 5 hour steaming and am concerned that it hasn't risen much and looks pretty solid. Is this ok? I don't know if I have done something wrong, I followed the recipe exactly.

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  • Microwave Reheating Christmas Pudding

    A friend has requested that I make her your Nonconfirmist Christmas Pudding (from Feast) but it would be easier if she could use a microwave in Christmas Day rather than steaming it. What do I need to do if anything to adapt the recipe and how long and what power would she need to use? Thanks Chrissie.  

    Can you recommend if the Ultimate Christmas Pudding can be microwaved on Christmas Day if I steam it for the full length of time beforehand; and if so how long would be a suitable time without ruining the pudding? I wouldn't usually ask, but I will be at the parents this year and they have very limited space. therefore I will not be my Mum's favourite person if I turn up and commandeer an area of her kitchen for approx 3hrs to steam the Christmas pudding!

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  • Liquid In Ultimate Christmas Pudding

    I have just finished the first 5 hour steaming for the ultimate Christmas pudding but there seems to be cooking liquids left in the pudding basin. Will these be re-absorbed into the pudding? Other than this extra liquid it looks cooked. Thanks.

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  • Baking Time For Black Cake

    Hello, can you please help me with the timing of baking Nigella's Black Cake? I notice Nigella's recipe suggests 1 hour at 180c and then 2 1/2 to 3 hours at 170c. The recipe is similar to Laurie Colwin's recipe, which just suggests 1 to 1 1/4 hours at 180c. There is such a big difference in terms of time for two very similar recipes, I just wanted some advice on this. Many thanks for your help, Ziska

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  • Christmas Tree Biscuits

    Hi, I have seen the recipe on this website for the Edible Christmas Tree Decorations but wondered how long they last for before spoiling? I would like to make "Advent" biscuits as a countdown to Christmas and so they need to last over 24 days without going soft or bad - some of that time hung on a tree. Which recipes, if any, are suitable? Thanks for your help. Marlene

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  • Brining A Frozen Turkey

    I'm going to try the Spiced And Superjuicy Roast Turkey recipe this year but in a effort to keep costs down, would it be ok to use a thawed frozen turkey instead of a free range one?

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  • Italian Christmas Pudding Cake Without Tuaca

    Hello! I know it's still quite a bit early until the Christmas season is upon us, but is there any way to make this cake kid-friendly by either omitting the liqueurs or substituting something else? I so want to make this for Christmas and there will be plenty of children at our celebration. Thank you! Allan  

    Hi, I live in Switzerland and I can't find the Tuaca liqueur. Do you know of any outlets that may sell it? Thanks, Flurina

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  • Christmas Pudding Mistakes

    Hello, I was so excited to be making Nigella's Ultimate Christmas Pudding that I used double the amount of ingredients so I could make two initially. But now reading back on all the ingredients when I started making more I realised I added double of everything apart from the vegetable shortening - where I accidentally only added enough for one pudding. Puddings have been steamed and look fine however as they are for gifts I'm hoping you can please tell me if they are ruined or not? Many thanks, Vikkie  

    I have just made Nigella's Christmas Pudding and realised I have used bicarbonate of soda instead of baking powder. Is there anything I can do to rectify this, or is it ruined? Smiffy66

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