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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

  • Forgotten Pudding Preheating Oven

    How long would I pre-heat the oven for to make the Forgotten Pudding?

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  • Solid Chocolate Guinness Cake

    Last night I baked Nigella's Chocolate Guinness Cake. It smelled delicious and the cake was spongy to the touch. I stored it overnight in the fridge. This morning I was going to do the icing, but when I took the cake from the fridge it was rock hard. I guess this is because of the butter in the cake, but if I leave the cake at room temperature will it become soft? Is the cake ruined? Thanks. CB

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  • What To Serve With Salmon Kebabs

    I've wanted to try your Salmon Kebabs With Pomegranate Molasses and Honey for a while now, but I'm not sure what to serve with them, any suggestions please?

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  • Gluten Free Instant Pancake Mix

    Have used the fabulous Instant Pancake Mix recipe so many times but now I have developed an allergy to gluten I don't want to miss out when serving these lovely breakfast pancakes. How do I adapt the recipe? Do I use a straight swap of flour and more importantly do I need to add xanthan gum and if so how much? Help please as I have vistors coming who love these pancakes! 

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  • Coconut For Pina Colada Ice Cream

    Hello, I have tried everywhere, and online to find the long thread sweetened coconut as used in Nigella's Pina Colada ice-cream recipe. The Bakers brand flakes are very small and not as seen in the recipe photo. I know that this product can be bought in bulk and is used to top cheesecakes I have seen in London cafes. Does anyone know where I could buy, say 500g of the product? I would not mind using a US supplier who would ship to the UK. Very many thanks, Elizabeth.

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  • Portion Sizes For Chocolate Mousse

    Hello, I need to make Nigella's Chocolate Mousse for about 120 people to be served in 50ml shot glasses but I'm not sure how to get the quantity correct. Can you help?

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  • Pastry Cracking On Apple Pie

    Whenever I'm baking apple pie with shortcrust pastry sometimes they split on the top but some of them come out perfectly fine. Do you know why this is happening? Thanks.

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  • Substitute For Instant Espresso Powder

    Greetings from Australia. I too cannot find instant espresso powder and while I have read the various posts regarding substitutions, I am wondering about the use of "Greek" Coffee which is an ultra-fine grind. I am thinking that I could just add this powder versus having to dilute it in any water. What are your thoughts or experience with this approach for use in Nigella's No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream recipe? Many thanks in advance for your response.

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