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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

  • Sugar For Hot Cross Buns

    I wondered if there should be some sugar in Nigella's Hot Cross Bun recipe?

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  • Praised Chicken

    I have been meaning to Nigella's My Mother's Praised Chicken recipe for years and finally gave it a go last night. It was delicious and the stock was the best I've ever tasted. However I found a lot of the meat fairly tough. My question is, would this be because I poached the chicken for too long and not long enough? I cooked it for about 90 minutes including standing time (with the lid on, in the oven at 150 degrees celcius, as our electric stove top can't seem to go low enough to simmer). The vegetables were very soft. Just wondering, does the chicken behave like other meats (e.g. lamb shanks) and continue to tenderise the longer it is cooked at low temperatures? Or should I have taken it off sooner? I would love to be able to get this dish 'right', because if I can make the chicken tender it is sure to be an absolute family favourite. Thanks Alecia

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  • Shrimp And Wine For Singapore Noodles

    I have never seen the dried shrimps or Chinese cooking wine used by Nigella in her Singapore Noodles. Could you suggest a replacement for these ingredients as I would love to try this recipe. Thank you.

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  • Marzipan For Simnel Cake

    I am baking the Simnel Cake in Feast but am confused by the measurements in the recipe - it says to use a 20cm round tin but to roll the marzipan out to a circle 23cm in diameter. Is one of these measurements wrong?

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  • Cakes Without A Food Processor

    Hey! I am from India and a huge fan. I have seen that Nigella uses a food processor in lot of her baking recipes to prepare the batter which is not something I see very often. I don't have a food processor or a hand mixer but I have immersion hand blender. Can I use this instead?

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  • Nutella Cheesecake With Mascarpone

    Hello! Is it possible to change cream cheese for mascarpone in the Nutella Cheesecake? Katja

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  • 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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