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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

  • Soggy Shortbread

    I am having trouble with a 'soggy bottom' when I bake shortbread, although I have baked them at the right temperature for the right amount of time - even too long sometimes but they always end up slightly soft underneath. Do you have any idea why this is, and any suggestions to stop this?

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  • Buttermilk Birthday Cake

    What size pan should I use if I do not wish to use a round cake pan for Nigella's Buttermilk Birthday Cake and how will this substitute pan affect the cooking time? I am also making this for somebody who adores lemon so how much lemon juice/zest/lemon oil/extract should I use in place of the vanilla? Thank you! Sandra Gillespie.

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  • Sugar in Devils Food Cake

    Hello, can I substitute brown sugar for muscavado dark brown sugar in Nigella's Devil's Food Cake recipe?

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  • Chocohotopots

    Hi, I'm making Nigella's Chocohotopots and want to know do I use dark cooking chocolate or normal eating dark chocolate?

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  • Fleur de Sel

    Hi, I'd very much like to make Nigella's Salted Caramel Sauce but unfortunately have no fleur de sel. Could you suggest a suitable alternative? 

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  • Leftover Passata

    Hi Nigella, I have leftover passta after making your Calabrian Lasagne. Can I can I freeze it? Hate wasting it! Thanks!

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  • Margarita Ice Cream

    I would like to make Nigella's Margarita Ice Cream but Cointreau is very rare in my country and very expensive. Is it absolutely necessary to have it in the No Churn Margarita Ice Cream? Is there any other substitute? Thanks!

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  • Large Cake Pans

    Where can I purchase a 10 inch round cake pan that is 4 inches deep and not springform? Any shop anywhere in the world will be fine. Health and Happiness! Karla Walter

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