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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

  • 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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  • Alcohol In Christmas Pudding

    I love the Ultimate Christmas Pudding recipe, however can I make it without the alcohol? We will have two pregnant ladies at lunch. If I can omit the alcohol, what would you recommend steeping the fruit in? And can the pudding then still be frozen as I'd like to cook it well ahead of time.

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  • Filling A Pudding Basin

    This year I am making a Christmas pudding for the first time, having picked up the torch from my dear Mum who passed away earlier this year. For Nigella's Ultimate Christmas Pudding I was wondering how much pudding batter should be put in the basin or mould? Should there be some room left at the top of the pudding basin to allow for expansion of the pudding during cooking? Best Regards, Feargal. 

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  • Keeping Christmas Pudding

    Hi. I will be using the Ultimate Christmas Pudding recipe (with the Pedro Ximenez) for the first time this year and it states you can make the pudding up to six weeks before Christmas. Could it be made earlier? Thank you in anticipation, Eddie

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