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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

  • Ultimate Christmas Pudding In A Slow Cooker

    Hi I am going to make the Ultimate Christmas Pudding for the first time this year and am truly sick of shop brought puds, so I need this to work! Due to cooker space using my slow cooker seems like a fab idea as I can have it steaming away out in my out house nicely out the way, so please could you give me steam times for this. I intend to use three 1 pint pudding bowls. Also can I include nuts and glace cherries? Thank you Nigella Team!

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  • Cloth Bound Christmas Pudding

    Hi Nigella, Could the Ultimate Christmas Pudding be steamed in a cloth instead of the plastic bowl? If so, would it need to be totally submerged in the water (without touching the pan)?

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  • Gluten Free Ultimate Christmas Pudding

    I want to make Nigella's Utlimate Christmas Pudding recipe (using Pedro Ximenez sherry). But can I use gluten-free flour?

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  • Ultimate Christmas Pudding Timings And Feeding

    I would like to make 1 pint versions of the Ultimate Christmas Pudding and Nigella's receipe is for 3 pint puddings. Please can you let me know how long I will need to steam these smaller puddings? Also I would like to feed my puddings to make them extra tasty, could you give me recommendation on how I would do this? Many thanks, Stacey.

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  • When To Make Ultimate Christmas Pudding

    How far out from Christmas Day should the Ultimate Christmas Pudding be made? Will it benefit from age like the old pudding hanging in calico in the pantry for months?  

    Can someone tell me how far before Christmas this can be made? Does it benefit from being left for a few weeks? Luckstar.

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  • Sherry In Ultimate Christmas Pudding

    Can't wait to make the delicious sounding Ultimate Christmas Pudding. I have a bottle of Winters Tale Amontillado Sherry and a bottle of Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry and I'm wondering which sherry would be best to use in the recipe as I can't get PX Sherry locally here where I live in Co. Kildare. Your advice much appreciated.

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  • Parmesan Shortbread As Gifts

    I was planning to make the Parmesan Shortbreads and give them as gifts at Christmas with a homemade chutney. Will they really only last five days in an airtight container? Is there any way to make them last a bit longer. I know they will be eaten as soon as they are open but I don't want to be making them at the last minute.

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  • Fig And Olive Chutney

    Can I replace the Marsala wine with port in the Fig And Olive Chutney recipe? I have all the other ingredients and we don't use Marsala in anything else so would port suffice? Thanks.

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