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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

  • 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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  • Freezing Buttermilk Scones

    I would like to make NIgella's wonderful scones, but I live alone and can only eat so much. I want to know if once I cut them out, do I have to bake them in order to freeze them or can I freeze them unbaked and either bake them from frozen or defrosted?

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  • Chilli Jam Ingredient Quantities

    In Nigella's Chilli Jam recipe she gives the weights of peppers and chilli peppers to use as 150g of each. Does this mean 150g of prepared peppers or 150g before I start chopping and deseeding? it makes a big difference, especially for the chilli peppers! Thanks in advance.

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  • Tins For Buttermilk Birthday Cake

    Hello, I would like to make a 9 inch square buttermilk birthday cake in one tin that I can cut in half and sandwich together, not two separate tins. Could you let me know quantities and baking time? Thank you so so much!

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  • Sultanas For Banana Bread

    Hi, I would like to make Nigella's Banana Bread but wanted to know if sultanas are the same as dark raisins or are they another variety?

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  • Ham in Diet Coca Cola

    Is it possible to cook NIgella's Ham In Coca Cola with diet cola? My mother is diabetic and this sounds delicious.

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  • Pineapple Upside Down Cake Tin

    Hi, I just wanted to know if I can use loose-bottomed or springform tin for the Pineapple Upside Down Cake? I have tried my best but can't find the other tin, these days all tins are either loose-bottomed or springform.

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