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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

  • Hard Cheesecake Base

    When I make Nigella's London Cheesecake the biscuit base often gets very hard almost that cannot be be sliced easily. This happens with some other cheesecakes too. Can you suggest a solution?

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  • Yogurt Pot Cake Ingredients

    Today I made Nigella's Yogurt Pot Cake. I just wanted to check two things. First there is no baking powder or baking soda in this cake, is this correct? Second, in the book it says to use cornstarch and on the website it is corn meal. They are not the same so please could you tell me which is correct?

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  • Vanilla Shortbread To Roll Out

    I was wondering if Nigella's Vanilla Shortbread recipe is suitable for use with cookie cutters rather than baking in a pan? Thanks.

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  • Leftover Egg Yolks

    I made one of Nigella's pavlovas today, Sunday, and still have the yolks. I was thinking of making her Creme Brûlée for Tuesday but can I mix egg yolks and sugar and leave them in the fridge until Tuesday before making the custard mixture.Will the egg yolks keep?

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  • Liquid Tiramisu

    When I make Tiramisu why does the mascapone sometimes turns liquid the minute I mix it with the yolks and sugar? It doesn't happen all the time which is very confusing. What am I doing wrong ? Please help, thank you Delphine

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  • Cream For No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream

    Hi, I am from India and huge fan of Nigella's. I love the easy and simple recipes she makes and my all-time favourite is the No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream. Unfortunately to date I have not been successful in making it. I don't have a Kitchen Aid at home so can I use a food processor or a hand blender? Also in India we don't get double cream so how can I substitute it? Finally I used Nestle sweetened condensed milk but should I have used some other type? Thanks, Debashree.

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  • Keeping Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

    I am making a large number of Nigella's Chocolate Cherry cupcakes for a friend's wedding, 48 to be exact. How long will they keep for? I don't fancy having to get up at some ridiculous hour on the morning of the wedding to make them. Thanks

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  • Yogurt Pot Cake

    I would like to make Nigella's Yogurt Pot Cake. The recipe, as written in the Nigellissima book, calls for "plain" yogurt. However, when I watch Nigella make it on the DVD (yes, I have both!) the yogurt appears creamier, along the lines of "Greek Style" yogurt. While I concede that an Italian recipe is unlikely to call for Greek yogurt, I was hoping for clarification, to take into account any variations between countries. I am living in Australia. Thank you very much for your help.

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