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Kitchen Queries

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

  • Butter In Crust Of Pizza Rustica

    Hi! Could you please explain why should we use unsalted butter in the Pizza Rustica then add salt? I don't usually cook with salt. Silly question is it absolutely necessary? Many thanks for reading this. 

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  • Jointed Chicken For Slow Roasted Lemon Chicken

    Hi. After reading the reviews for the Slow Roasted Garlic And Lemon Chicken I am keen to try it out, but am a bit daunted about buying a chicken and cutting it into ten pieces. Is this easy to do, especially if you don't have a butchers' knife, and if so what is the best approach? Many thanks

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  • Birthday Custard Sponge In Shaped Tin

    Hi, I was just wondering would it make a mess of the Birthday Custard Sponge cake to bake it all in one in a silicone cake tin and cut it in half after to for the filling. Basically what I am trying to achieve is a birthday cake for my brother in a Happy Birthday silicone cake tin, is there a better cake recipe that would suit this maybe?

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  • Clementine Cake With Maple Syrup

    Can I substitute 1 cup of Maple Syrup instead of granulated sugar or would that make the cake too moist? How about substituting xylitol for sugar? Thanks.

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  • Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake Traybake

    Can you use the recipe for the Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake to make a tray bake successfully? Thanks.

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  • Alcohol For No Churn Coffee Ice Cream

    Hello! Can I do away with the liqueur in the Coffee Ice Cream? This is my first time making it and it is meant for a group of people who might not appreciate it. Thanks for the help!

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  • Freezing Instant Chocolate Mousse

    Is it possible to freeze your Instant Chocolate Mousse? I am looking for a recipe for a future event and may have to make up to 70 of them!

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  • Pearl Sugar

    Pearl sugar is wonderful on top of muffins and loaf cakes but I cannot see it in supermarkets or shops near me (Northern Ireland). Does anyone know where I can buy it? I can order it online but am trying to keep costs to a minimum so postage needs to be free.

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