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Latest Queries

  • Cheesecake Ice Cream Not Freezing

    Hi there, I made Nigella's recipe for Cheesecake Ice Cream, which went fine, I cooked the custard, and churned it, then put in freezer and churned every hour for 3 hours but it's been in the freezer for 8 hours now and hasn't frozen. It is a thick saucy mixture still. I had it freezing in my churn bowl ice cream maker but just transferred it to a normal bowl now and stuck it back in freezer. Not sure if it couldn't freeze in the ice cream churn bowl, can you advise?

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  • Storing Parmesan Shortbreads

    Hello there! I've made the Parmesan Shortbreads many times, but now I was wondering: could I do them in advance (say a couple of days)? And then how can I store them until eating time ? Many many thanks, Diletta

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  • Clementine Cake Ingredients

    Hi there, I want to make the Clementine Cake for a gluten intolerant friend, but I don't want to have any left over and there are only 4 of us this weekend. Is it possible to scale down the cake? Thanks.  

    I have quite a lot of extra clementines and want to puree and freeze them for future use in the Clementine Cake. Is this OK? Many thanks. KBunting.  

    Hello! I just made the Clementine Cake for the first time, and I'm in love! I ground up my own almonds, and I loved the result. But I'm also wondering if purchased almond meal could be used as well. If that is a poor substitute, I will continue to grind them up myself. Just wanted to know. Thanks so much!

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  • Chicken Keralan Curry

    The Keralan Curry was yummy! If using chicken or pork instead of fish would the concentrated fish stock still be used?

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  • Blackberry Vodka

    Can I freeze the blackberries from Blackberry Vodka after straining them, so I can use them later?

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  • Alternative Way to Cook Steamed Sponge

    I know the clue is in the title, but is there another way to cook the Steamed Syrup Sponge from How To Be a Domestic Goddess? Or if they were to be made as smaller individual puddings would this cut the steam time down? Trying to avoid the damp environment from the 2 hours steaming.

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  • Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

    I fell in love with my local coffee shop's salted caramel hot chocolate, but now they make it any more because it's not the right season. I was wondering how to make the same thing at home. Is it possible to use Nigella's salted Caramel Sauce in hot chocolate, or would I be better off buying some syrup? Thanks.

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  • Mini Jam Doughnuts

    Hello! I tried to make the Mini Jam Doughnuts and the batter was liquid, so I added more flour - the recipe calls for 1 2/3 cups of flour and I added one more to make it kneadable. It rested for one hour and..nothing! What did I do wrong? Thanks.

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