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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

  • Why Do My Cakes Sink In The Middle?

    I would like to know why a lot of my cakes sink in the middle. I guess it's because the middle is still not cooked enough. Yet even when I bake them for longer than the recipe states I still often have problems with sinking. The temperature of my oven has been tested and is accurate. Is there anything I should do differently in the mixing process? Many thanks Rachel

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  • Recipes On Nigella's Website

    I just made one of the cakes on your website (Grandma's Devil's Food Cake) and I believe some of the measurements may not be quite right (using tablespoons/tbsp instead of teaspoons/tsp). It did not turn out quite as expected. I thought the recipes on this site were recipe-tested.

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  • Basic Pancakes

    Can you give me Nigella's recipe for basic pancakes or direct me to where I can find it on her site please?

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  • Prosciutto Problem

    I've been very fortunate to be given a whole prosciutto, the problem is that it's huge (2kg) and not sliced. Is it possible to slice by hand? Does prosciutto freeze well? Any suggestions? 

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  • Nostalgic Craving For Cake

    Hi Team Nigella, I have a very vivid memory of eating delicious chocolate sponge cake, served at children's parties when I was little (about 20-25 years ago), that had desiccated coconut either in the cake mixture or in the icing. It seemed to be a popular choice for birthday cakes back then, but I haven't had anything like it for years! If this sounds at all familiar to you (or is it just me that remembers it?), then have you any idea how I could recreate it at home? Thanks very much! Zoe

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  • Wedding Pavlova - Made in Advance?

    I'd like to make the Wedding Pavlova for an anniversary supper, but won't have time in the afternoon that day. Would the meringue hold up for 9-10 hours in the fridge if I top it with whipped cream and passionfruit that morning? I think I'd have to leave off the peaches for sure. Any advice? Thanks!

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  • Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chips

    Good morning from Oz, I've seen Nigella make a cheesecake or cake using peanut butter and chocolate swirled chips. A friend got me some when she was in the US and now I can't remember which show had the recipe in it (and I don't think it is the cheesecake with the peanuts in the base). Can you let me know which one it is? Thank you Jenny

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  • Golden Syrup

    In Italy I cannot find golden syrup but maple syrup is available, is this ok to use as a substitute?

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