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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

  • Lumpy Cheese Fondue

    I am very disappointed with the Cheese Fondue recipe - we followed it to the letter and the cheese split and could not be saved whatever we tried. More detail and explaination might have helped. Shame as the taste was lovely!

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  • Soft White Dinner Rolls With Hard Crust

    Have tried the Soft White Dinner Rolls for the second time. I seem to follow the recipe exactly but the rolls are crusty and not soft and they don't seem to be brown on the top but stay white! The base gets hard and brown. Can you help? Baking temperature is as mentioned 220 degrees centigrade.

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  • The Rise And Fall Of Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake

    The first time I baked the Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake it turned out beautifully. Each subsequent time it rose in the oven but dropped considerably once taken out. I followed the food processor method. The first time the cake was risen and light with an even crumb and moist texture. After that it was visibly less risen and light, with a wetter looking middle layer and uneven crumb with too moist a texture. The outside was hardened and looked as if to burn. The skewer was clean each time when removed.The oven was on 180 non fan, I baked it for 35 minutes. What did I do wrong? Over mixing? It did take quite a bit of processing to break up the room temperature butter, could I use margarine instead? Oven too hot? Help! I am a novice baker but his cake was so delicious the first time that I have vowed to make it every week until I conquer it!

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  • Roast Duck Legs But Soft Potatoes

    I have cooked the Roast Duck Legs And Potatoes and when I went to stir the potatoes they were quite mushy. Isn't two hours too long to cook them? They are not crispy like Nigella's are Its been 1-1/2 hours so far on 400F.

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  • Bitter Orange Ice Cream With Marmalade

    Could I substitute seville orange marmalade instead of oranges and sugar in the No-Churn Bitter Orange Ice Cream? I just made a huge batch and it did not set up as firmly as usual. Still tastes and smells divine of course, so won't go begging!

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  • Using Corn Oil In Recipes

    When corn oil is specified in a recipe will the taste will be different if I'm not using that oil? Particularly in cake and banana bread recipes? Thank you.

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  • Chocolate Olive Oil Cake Substitutes

    Can I substitute natural yoghurt for some of the olive oil in the Chocolate Olive Oil Cake and, if so, how much? Also, can I substitute baking powder for the baking soda and, again, how much? Many thanks.

    Can I use honey instead of sugar in the chocolate olive oil cake? Miakovid.

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  • Nutella Cake Nuts And making In Advance

    I would like to bake the Nutella Cake for a birthday cake, however, I'm wondering if I were to bake it in advance how long it would remain 'decent' - and not dry/hard/poor for the birthday! Any advice much appreciated. Thanks!

    I am having difficulty finding ground hazelnuts and was wondering whether I could substitute ground almonds instead? Louboo1

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