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Latest Queries

  • Baking Chocolate Cheesecake

    Hello, Is it necessary to bake the Chocolate Cheesecake in the roasting pan with boiling water? Or can I bake it without the roasting pan and the boiling water?

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  • Pavlova Questions

    Hi! I have successfully been able to cook 4 -8 small, individual pavlovas at 120c for 40 mins, then turning the oven off and leaving door ajar for 1 hour. They are nice and crunchy on the outside and marshmallowy on the inside. My problem is, that when I try to cook and oven full of individual pavlovas (3 oven racks full - approx. 18 pavlovas) they are not cooking properly. The crust does not set at all, and they go chewy and sticky. The marshmallow bit seems to be ok, its just that there's no crunch. Are you able to give me some tips on how to fix this? Do I need to adjust the temperature or cooking time? Many thanks for your help. Rosina.    

    Can you freeze Nigella's Cappucino Pavlova? Jennyi

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  • Chocolate Olive Oil Cake By Hand

    Dear Nigella, Can I mix the ground almonds with all-purpose flour in 50/50 ratio? Thank you, really need your advice. Love, Dewi.    

    Would the Chocolate Olive Oil cake work if mixed by hand? Thanks, Li.

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  • Chocolate Guinness Cake Sunk In Centre

    I made the Chocolate Guinness Cake for my brother's birthday in August and it was delightful! Last time, the cake sank a little in the center, but nothing that a nice layer of frosting couldn't fix. I just made another one tonight and took it out of the oven about an hour and a half ago. But this time, it sank! I didn't change anything and followed the recipe as stated. What could have caused the cake to sink so much? Maybe I moved it around a little too much while I was checking it when it was baking? Thank you for your time and expertise!

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  • Peanut Butter Hummus

    I would prefer to use my chickpeas that I have cooked myself in Nigella's Peanut Butter Hummus - I can cook chickpeas in 55 mins from dry in my pressure cooker (no soaking required). What weight of dry chickpeas would produce the equivalent of two cans for the hummus with peanut butter?

    I want to make Nigella's Peanut Butter Hummus but cannot include Greek Yoghurt for health reasons. Could I substitute Coconut Cream instead? Different flavour of course but it might just work. What would be your suggestion?

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  • Brandy Alexander Pie Not Setting

    I made the Brandy Alexander Pie, followed directions exactly. It tastes delicious-but it will not set up, the filling is quite runny. I am very good with baking, so I was surprised this happened-any suggestions?

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  • Chocohotopots In Advance

    How far in advance of my dinner party can I prepare the batter for the Chocohotopots? I will bake them once dinner is finished. Thank you for your help.

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  • Pomegranate No Churn Ice Cream

    I have made Nigella's Pomegranate Ice Cream regularly, but in Australia we can only find this fruit for about 6 weeks over the Christmas period. Is there any other fruit that can be substituted and in what quantities? Many thanks, Jean

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