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Latest Queries

  • Smaller Christmas Puddings

    I have 6 small plastic pudding basins with lids (1/2 pt/300ml size). I remember using them once but I can't remember what recipe I was making. If I use a recipe for a bigger pudding how long do you think I would need to steam these smaller puddings for and what's the best way to tell if they are done?

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  • Keeping Christmas Pudding.

    How long can you keep homemade Christmas Pudding?

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  • 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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