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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

  • Mixed Dried Fruit

    What makes up a Mixed Dried Fruit for baking? I'm baking fruit scones and not sure what the mix is? Also, as I'm a Brit living in the U.S. do currants, sultanas and raisins vary in name?

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  • Hokey Pokey Turning Sticky

    i tried making Nigella's Hokey Pokey recipe several times today and followed Nigella's instructions very carefully. I also watched the video of her making it, and although i dont have a candy thermometer, I think I let it cook for the appropriate amount of time and to the correct consistency etc. However each time it failed to set; it always turned out to be sticky and stodgy, not crunchy and airy like its supposed to be. I live in Mumbai in India and it is unbelievably hot and humid here - could that have been a factor? If so where do I allow it to cool, in airconditioning perhaps? I also thought that I'd used too much golden syrup (i used Lyle's) and kept reducing the quantity but to no avail. Please help!

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  • No Alcohol Nutella Cake

    Hello! I really love the look of the Nutella Cake and I'm dying to get in the kitchen and bake it! I'm Muslim and I don't drink alcohol, is there anything I could substitute this with in the recipe? Or would removing it from the cake make it drastically less delicious?

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  • Self Raising Flour Plus Baking Powder

    Hi, can you add baking powder to self raising flour so that the cake rises more? Thanks

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  • Lemon Polenta Cake Sinking

    I have made Nigella's Lemon Polenta Cake twice and have found that it rises beautifully but once I take it out of the oven, before pouring over the syrup, the cake falls down significantly in the center. I would love to know how to rectify this as the cake is super delicious and an absolute favourite of my family. Look forward to hearing from you!!

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  • Other OIls For Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

    Can one use sunflower oil in place of olive oil in Nigella's Chocolate Olive Oil Cake?

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  • Cheesecake Recipes

    Hello! Can you recommend a recipe for a really thick cheesecake? Where I live all the cheesecakes have a very soft filling (a bit like pudding). Thanks in advance. Excal4347

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  • Rapeseed Oil

    Hi, I was wondering if cold pressed rapeseed oil is any good? Everyone says its good but isn't it the same as vegetable oil? Is there a diffrence between the cold pressed and vegetable types and what can they be used for?

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