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Latest Queries

  • Storing Muscavado Sugar

    I had some muscovado sugar which turned hard. I have managed to moisten the sugar using a damp cloth over a basin, but how do I store it and also keep it moist?

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  • Yogurt Pot Cake

    Hi! I saw Nigella making the Yogurt Pot Cake on the Nigellissima show and it looked very easy. My query is do you use all purpose flour besides cornflour in the cake? Regards Connoisuer

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  • Sweet Scrambled Eggs

    Hi! Every time I try to make a creme catalan or creme brulee the cream ends up tasting like sweet scrambled eggs and I have to throw the lot out. What am I doing wrong??

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  • Where Can I Put Dough To Rise?

    In the past, I would always leave dough to rise in the airing cupboard as the boiler would keep it at a fairly constant, warm, temperature. However these days, the airing cupboard often seems colder than other parts of the house! I've also tried putting in in front of a heater, but Is there an alternative, like having the oven on at a low temp. that would allow the dough to raise without inadvertently cooking it?

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  • Chocolate Icing

    Hello, I am supposed to temper some chocolate for a cake for my brother's birthday but when I tried on my own it was a mess. Do you have any tips? Thank You.

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  • Mould For Chocolate Babycakes

    Hi! The Molten Babycakes look great, but I was just wondering what size of ramekin I should use so it complies with the baking time given in the recipe. Thanks.

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  • Buttermilk Chocolate Cake

    Hi there. I'm making a double layer cake for my daughter's birthday. I'm going to use the Buttermilk Birthday Cake recipe as I know it will work for me (and hold up to fondant icing), but I was wondering if I could make one of the layers chocolate as my daughter really wants chocolate cake. How best would I go about this? Substitute some flour for cocoa? Add melted chocolate? Any advice would be helpful!

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  • Scones

    Hi. I'm from India and I am dying to make Buttermilk Scones. The problem is, we don't get cream of tartar or lard or vegetable shortening. Is there an alternate recipe? Thank you.

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