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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

  • Creme Brulee Topping

    Hi. I have a query about the topping on Nigella's Creme Brulee. When the recipe says to melt the sugar, is it supposed to be a hard toffee? I first used the grill and the topping was still soft and then I bought a blow torch and it set, but not toffee. I used both castor and demerara sugar. When I had it in a restaurant, it was hard toffee. Thanks.

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  • Freezing Cupcakes

    Can Nigella's Cupcakes be frozen successfully ?

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  • Cornbread For Chilli Con Carne

    I am making Nigella's Cornbread Topped Chilli for a dinner party but would like to serve rice & cornbread separately. Can you advise if this cornbread recipe would work if cooked separately in a tin and if so, what tin sizes & cooking time would you recommend?

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  • Differences In Olive Oil

    Hi Team Nigella, I was wondering how to tell whether to use original olive oil or extra virgin olive oil in cooking? I always use normal olive oil - I have both, however the question goes through my mind "Should I use extra virgin?" Thanks! Dan

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  • Guinness Chocolate Cake With Fondant Icing

    I am planning a large double layer Chocolate Guinness Cake for a celebration. Can I cover the cake in fondant or would an all over cream cheese frosting be better?

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  • Freezing Leftover Condensed Milk

    Hi all. I have just made coffee ice cream, and have half a can of condensed milk leftover. Can I freeze it? Thank you for our help! X

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  • Sticky Top Cupcakes

    Why do my cupcakes go sticky on the top when cooled? Also why don't my chocolate cupcakes rise but the plain ones do? Please help!

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  • Ingredients In Wok Oil

    What ingredients are in the wok oil used by Nigella?

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