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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

  • 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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  • Chocolate Fruit Cake In Square Tin

    I would like to make Nigella's Chocolate Fruit Cake but divide it into 4 small cakes for older family members. Is this possible if I cook it in a square tin and if so what size? Cheers! Robyn.

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  • Christmas Cake Being Too Wet

    I have baked three cakes one square which is being fed and seems to be good and two smaller round ones which are far too wet. I have re-wrapped them in fresh paper and foil as advised by a friend but when I went to feed them this week they are far too wet. Should I bin them or can they be rescued? 

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  • Ultimate Christmas Pudding In A Slow Cooker

    Hi Team, If I were to cook the Ultimate Christmas Pudding in a slow cooker, would I do 6-7 hours for the first steam and then the same or overnight again on Christmas eve for the second steaming? I have 3 boys under 5, so traditional method of stovetop is just not going to work for me now. Thanks

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  • Iced Christmas Cake Keeping Time

    Hi, I'm a baking novice and have decided to make Christmas cakes this year, for the first time. I've baked them and am feeding regularly. I want to send one to a friend who is on a tour of duty and for it to get there in time I need to send it by the end of November. What are my best options for icing? Will roll out icing last that long? Or do I use royal icing? He doesn't like marzipan either so I would like to leave that out. Any help would be great! Thanks, Kathy

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  • Christmas Cake Icing

    I'd like to use royal icing on a Christmas cake to get a nice 'snowscape' effect. What is the shelf life of a decorated cake made using royal icing with eggs whites on the one hand, and pasteurised egg whites or meringue powder on the other? I'm worried about the icing going off!

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  • Boiled Fruit Cake

    There was a posted recipe for a simple boiled fruit cake on the web site before it changed format, it was a great recipe but I can't find it anymore. Do you have any suggestions on the recipe?

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