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Latest Queries

  • Yogurt Pot Cake

    Nigella made an Italian Yogurt Pot Cake in episode 5 of her recent Nigellissima program on BBC2. For some reason all recipes from this series are available on BBC website apart from this one. Would you be able to send me the recipe please?   

    In Nigellisima, Nigella says to bake the yoghurt cake in a moderate oven. What temperature is that? Thank you for your help. Pereza.

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  • Sambuca In Sambuca Kisses

    I would love to try Nigella's Sambuca Kisses recipe, because it is so similar to a dish my mom used to make for us when we were growing up. My mom used tvorog in her recipe, but it's so hard to find it in London (a little bit like cottage cheese, but different texture). I never thought of using ricotta. But my question is whether it is possible to makes Sambuca Kisses without actual sambuca or any alcohol whatsoever? How important is it to keep that ingredient in? I'd like to try the recipe and give it to children - can't use alcohol though! Thank you.

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  • Non-Cream Ice Cream

    My sister is allergic to cream. Double, single, whipping, even full fat creme fraiche. I really want to make her an ice cream for Christmas but don't know how I can get the air into the ingredients if using a base, such as low fat creme fraiche, which won't whip as the fat content is too low. Sorbets and granitas just dont cut it for indulgence at Christmas time! Please can you help with some ideas? She loves ice cream but can only seem to eat some commercial ice cream cones - a sure sign that they don't contain cream! Many thanks.

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  • Chocolate Chestnut Pots

    Hi Team, I want to make Nigella's Chocolate Chestnut Pots from the Christmas book but can only find unsweetened chestnut puree where I live. How many grams of sugar should I add to a tin to give the required sweetness? Thank you!

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  • Flavourless Vegetable Oil

    Nigella's recipes often suggest using "flavourless vegetable oil". What oil should I buy please?

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  • Sweet And Salty Nut Crunch Bars

    What would the American equivalents be for the honeycomb candy, and golden syrup used in Nigella's Sweet and Salty Nut Crunch Bars (from Kitchen)? Thank you!

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  • Crisp Chicken Cutlets

    I made the the Crisp Chicken Cutlets from Nigella's Kitchen book. They turned out very nicely except for the fact that the crumb didn't want to stay on the chicken. It would either stick to the pan or just fall off while cooking. Do you have any tips to keep the crumb on the chicken?

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  • Christmas Pudding - Stir-Up Sunday

    I always make the Ultimate Christmas Pudding for my family on Christmas day and they LOVE it. So this year I want to make smaller ones to give as Christmas presents to the family members we won't be seeing. Probably in 1lb sizes or smaller. I just wondered about the time they would require to be steamed for on day of making and on Christmas day. Because I'm sure that the 5hrs initially plus 3 hrs on Christmas day would be far to much for smaller ones. Many Thanks.

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