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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

  • Margarine vs. Butter

    Hello Team Nigella! I'm relatively new to baking, but I love, love, love Nigella's recipes (I'm a particular fan of Domestic Goddess). I was just wondering if you could clear up a baking query for me? Margarine vs. butter - I always have margarine in the house (mainly because I buy it in big 1kg boxes), but I don't always have unsalted butter. Plus, unsalted butter is terribly expensive now. I know Nigella isn't a fan of margarine, but in baking how interchangeable are the two ingredients? In an emergency, could you use margarine in brownies? Or muffins? Many thanks in advance! 

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  • Substitute for Marsala

    What would be the best substitute for Marsala in Nigella's Pronto Pig Feast recipe? I don't want to buy a whole bottle and let it go to waste just to try out the recipe.  

    Very dull question but is it best to use dry Marsala or Marsala dolce in savoury recipes? It seems to be getting increasingly difficult to get dry marsala and just wondered if you can substitute? Cheers, Leigh.

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  • Lost Christmas Cake Recipe

    Hi I've recently moved house and lost my old recipes. For the past few years I've been using a Christmas Cake recipe which uses marmalade and brandy, it used to also give a ingredients by tin size I've searched and seached but can't find it on the net, I'm sure it was one of Nigellas and it came from a friend or relative in Oz. Any ideas? Many Thanks, Lori   

    A couple of years ago Nigella posted a Christmas cake recipe. It involved orange marmalade and I think it was a friend of Nigella who gave her the recipe. I can't find it online anywhere, is it in any of Nigella's books?

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  • Lemon Drizzle Cake

    How do I make sure that I get a really light lemony cake, without it either being too bland, or too overpowering? Are there any recipes you recommend? Thanks!

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  • Guinness Cake to Cupcakes

    The Guinness Cake from Feast looks incredibly yummy! I want to make this for my husband's birthday but he prefers cupcakes. Any ideas on how long to bake for regular sized cupcakes and mini cupcakes? Thank you for your time!

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  • Autumnal Birthday Cake

    In Nigella's Autumnal Birthday Cake (from How to be a Domestic Goddess), the icing ingredients include 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar. Is this necessary or can it be done without? What does it do? I live in Holland and have not been able to find it here. Is there an alternative ingredient that can be used instead? Thanks a million! Natalia

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  • Baking Trays

    Hello! What make of baking trays does Nigella use in the TV programme Nigella Express?

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  • Freezing Little Lemon Puddings

    Can the Nigella's Little Lemon Puddings be made in advance and frozen?

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