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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

  • 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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  • Kirsch In Cheese Fondue

    Hiii. This is Anu from India. I wanted to know what is the substitute for kirsch in cheese fondue?  It is difficult to find it here. Thanks!!

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  • Vanilla Shortbread Make Ahead

    Hello! I would like to try making edible gift baskets for Christmas this year, so I was wondering if I could make the Vanilla Shortbread in advance. If possible I would prefer to make the shortbreads up to 2 months in advance and freeze them. Will this be OK? Thank you!

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  • Damp Lemon And Almond Cake

    I have made Nigella's Damp Lemon and Almond Cake and I was just wondering if it will it still be good for a coffee morning in 2 day's time? I have double wrapped it in tin foil.

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  • Golden Caster Sugar

    Hello Nigella Team! Some of the recipes on Nigella's website call for golden caster sugar. Here in the US I'm not sure we have such a thing, though I am aware of caster sugar (white) and golden brown sugar. Do you know of a substitute I can use for the golden caster sugar? Please let me know, thanks so much! Mira

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  • Can I Substitute Sultanas

    As much as I love chocolate chips in cookies, would the recipe still work as well with sultanas?

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