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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

  • Using Caramelized Onion From A Jar

    I used some caramelized onion in a beef stew, taking my cue from Nigella Express. Trouble is, it's turned out far to sweet. What can I do to reduce the sweetness?

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  • Chocolate Fudge Cake Baked In Peaks

    I have just baked the sponges for Nigella's Chocolate Fudge Cake and they have really puffed up (they haven't flattened with cooling either)! What is the best way to ice the cake when this happens and how do I prevent it from happening again? Cheers, Lorna.

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  • Tuscan Fries

    Having made Nigella's Tuscan Fries, I will definately be making them again! I just wanted to know if it is ok to keep the oil minus the garlic and herbs for a while, and if it is for how long?

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  • Totally Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

    is the butter in Nigella's recipe for Totally Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies salted or unsalted?

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  • Instant Espresso Powder

    Nigella has listed sources for instant espresso powder for the UK and US. However I live in Sydney, Australia, and have not come across this in any shops locally. I can't really afford to buy much online as the delivery/postal charges tend to add to the cost quite a lot. Plus, even if I do buy on-line parcels frequently get lost. What do you suggest?

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  • Smaller Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecakes

    I want to make 3 smaller 6 inch versions of Nigella's Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake by doubling the recipe for the 9 inch cheesecake and dividing it between the smaller tins. Will doubling the recipe be ok, or should I make two separate batches? Also how long and at what temperature should I bake the 6 inch cheesecakes? Thank you so much! 

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  • Keeping Honey Chocolate Cake

    Hi, I was wondering how long this cake would keep or if it was suitable for freezing? Thanks!

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  • Flour For Madeira Cake

    Hi, I would like to make Nigella's Mother-In-Law's Madeira Cake but I do not have self-raising flour, only plain flour. I would like to know how many teaspoons of baking powder I should I add to the mixture to make the cake successfully. Thank you. Mary

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