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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

  • Easy Chocolate Cakes

    Hi Team Nigella, I am taking part in a cake baking competition this Christmas. I haven't baked since I was at school (nearly 25 years ago!) let alone enter competitions! I wondered if you have a simple recipe that was easy to follow. It has to be a chocolate cake and the more spectacular the better! Please help! Kind regards Elaine.

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  • Chocolate Chip Cookies Spreading

    Whenever I bake Nigella's Chocolate Chip Cookies they always spread out and eventually join together by the end of cooking. It also happens with other cookies, even ones roll and I cut out in shapes. What am I doing wrong?

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  • Nuts And Seeds In Breakfast Bars

    I have made the Breakfast Bars quite a few times and up to now have used unsalted sunflower and pepita (pumpkin) seeds but was wondering as the recipe specified unsalted peanuts does that mean the other ingredients should be salted?

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  • Lentils In Rapid Ragu

    Hi there, In the book Nigella Express the recipe for Rapid Ragu specifies using green lentils. However when I was watching the episode from the series, Nigella states that she uses red lentils in place of carrots. Which one should I used, and does it make a huge difference? Many thanks, Sidonie

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  • Sweetening Chestnut Puree

    Hi there I would like to make Nigella's Chocolate Chestnut Pots. However have just bought a jar of chestnut puree and it isn't sweetened. Could I still go ahead and make the pots? If not what should I do? Many thanks.

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  • Star-Topped Mince Pies

    Hi, Nigella, for the pastry in the Star-Topped Mince Pies could I use extra butter if I don't have vegetable shortening? Thank you and best wishes, Nelly .

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  • Storing Devil's Food Cake

    Hi, I am planning to make Nigella's 'Devil's Food Cake' for a Birthday at work. As I work full time, I will bake and ice the cake on the night before the birthday. I am also planning on putting some strawberries and fresh cream in between the two layers. So I want to know if it is OK to store the frosted Devil's Food Cake in the fridge overnight? Do you think the frosting will set hard? Thanks.

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  • Where To Store Steeping Fruit

    I am planning to make Nigella's Christmas Pudding. Please can you tell me where I should store the fruit while it is steeping? Should it be in the fridge? Cheers!

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