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Latest Queries

  • Steamed Syrup Sponge

    Hi! I have acquired the American 'How to be a Domestic Goddess" and note the syrup is different (my Australian copy lent and lost) to my original version. I recall golden syrup (and not corn syrup) but can't remember the quantity of golden syrup to lemon juice. Can you please advise me as to the correct amounts. Thanks, Carol

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  • Keeping Caramelised Oranges

    Hello, I just wondered how long the Chilled Caramelised Oranges would last in a airtight jar please?

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  • Last Minute Christmas Pudding Queries

    Hi, I made the pudding in a slightly too large Pyrex bowl with its own lid and wrapped it in paper and foil and string. I followed the instructions and after the 5 hour cooking time removed the pudding and its lids and left to cool. When it was nearly cool I replaced the lid, added a parchment circle of paper on the pudding and resealed. Is this ok? Thanks MC  

    Hello! I live in California, USA, and here we can't find pudding steamers off the shelf easily. I would also like to give Christmas Pudding to my friends and family this year, but can't afford so many ceramic bowls. I'd like to steam my puddings in Rubbermaid containers, which have rubber linings around their lids, but am unsure about it. They seem to be the equivalent of your plastic pudding steamers in England. They are made for the microwave and are dishwasher safe, so I'd like to think they could work with steaming. Any thoughts? Thank you! 

    Hi, I've just come across the Ultimate Christmas Pudding recipe and all the comments sound amazing. It does say make up to 6 weeks in advance, but will I still have the same result or is there anything I should do differently, if I am only making it 3 weeks in advance? Thanks!

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  • Cheese For Cheesecake

    A cheesecake maker in Australia has told me they use Neufchatel soft cheese . The only cheese I know like that is Neufchatel from Normandy but this is expensive and has a rind on it. So could you enlighten me on the best cream cheese to use please in the making of cheesecakes please? I do live in the moorland area of Lancashire so I am no where near London shops

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  • Chilli Jam As Christmas Presents

    Hi, I am interested in making Nigella's Chilli Jam recipe as Christmas presents. What is the shelf life and how should you store it? Thanks!

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  • Freezing Peppers For Chilli Jam

    Hi, I was wondering if can I pre-chop my chilli's and peppers and freeze them until I'm ready to make my next batch as I have a glut of peppers? Also how firm is the jam meant to be? Mine looks quite firmly set. Thanks, Sue

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  • Mistake With Christmas Pudding

    I have steamed my Ultimate Christmas Pudding and I think I made a mistake! I put the vodka in the pudding. The recipe said put the remaining pudding ingredients into the mixing bowl, and vodka was on the list, so in it went! While the pudding is cooking, I read through the rest of the instructions to be super prepared for Christmas day and discovered that vodka goes over the top of the pudding! Do you think my pudding will be ok? 

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  • Feeding Christmas Cakes And Puddings

    Hi, I have simmered and soaked my Christmas fruit in 400ml of brandy and have run out. Instead of buying more brandy, can I feed my cake with whisky or rum (one or the other) up until Christmas? Should I feed the cake once a week? Thank you, Fay   

    I have made my Ultimate Christmas pudding - I have heard of people feeding their pudding with a tablespoon of the Sherry once every couple of weeks - Is this necessary? Does it enhance or detract from the pudding? Thanks, Fiona

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