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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

  • Rectangular Chocolate Fudge Cake

    Hi! I was wondering if you could tell me how to convert Nigella's chocolate Fudge Cake for a rectangular 13 x 9 inch tin? My soon to be 5 year old really only wants this recipe for his birthday cake (understandable!) and I need to use a rectangular tin.

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  • Sifting Flour

    Hi, I've noticed most of Nigella's recipes do not call for flour to be sifted. However, I've heard that one should always sift flour. Is sifting really necessary? Thanks! Michelle

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  • Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake In Springform Pan

    Can I make Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake in a deeper cake pan, as one cake instead of two?

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  • Mini Lemon Loaf Cakes

    I would like to make 'mini loaf' cakes using the Lemon-Syrup Loaf cake recipe. Can you advise how to calculate the cooking time and oven temperature? Thank you

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  • Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake

    I've tried the Deans Chocolate Loaf Cake recipe twice now and have had to throw the entire cake away. I've followed the recipe implicitly, checked all the ingredients and cooking times and both times the cake has risen slightly but just doesn't 'set' within that cooking time. If I leave it in the oven longer, it folds back down on itself and it isn't something that I would like to put before friends. I can't think what it is that I'm doing wrong?

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  • Vinegary Chilli Jam

    Hello, I made my first batch of Chilli Jam and followed the recipe exactly using jam sugar and cider vinegar. It has set well but has a strong smell and taste of vinegar. Do you have any idea how I can avoid this next time? Thank you, Danielle

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  • Bitter Slow Roasted Lemons

    I tried the Slow Roasted Garlic and Lemon Chicken and it was overwhelmingly bitter. I removed the pips and gave the lemons a good scrub before adding to the pan. What happened?

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  • Scone Mix

    I would like to mix together the dry ingredients for Nigella's Buttermilk Scones to take to France with me and use them to make scones in my caravan. Can I do this

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