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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

  • 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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  • Substitute For Water In Chocolate Cakes

    Hi, I would like to know if I can substitute water with milk in chocolate cakes, or if there is any other substitute for water. Thank you, Mayanka

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  • No-Fuss Fruit Tart Filling

    Do you have any suggestions for making the filling for the No-Fuss Fruit Tart lighter?

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  • Alternative To White Wine For Slow Roast Chicken

    Hi, I wanted to know if there is a substitute of white wine in Nigella recipe of Slow Roast Lemon & Garlic chicken. Can I use white wine vinegar instead? Many Thanks.

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  • Types Of Alcohol For Christmas Cakes

    Hi! I want to start making my Christmas cake, but really want to try using red vermouth (Martini Rosso) this year. Is it suitable in terms if alcohol content, so to make in advance and then feed the cake leading up to Christmas? Many thanks!

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