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Kitchen Queries

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

  • Large Red Velvet Cake

    Hi! I am going to make a red velevet cake instead of the cupcakes. My question is what is the cream cheese used? I.e. is it mascarpone or other? Thanks!

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  • Larger Marzipan Fruit Cake

    I would like to make a bigger Marzipan Fruit Cake (approx 23cm tin). Do you have any tips on increasing the ingredients? Thank you

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  • Mozzarella Cheese

    When Nigella states "not buffalo mozzarella" please tell me what to use as the only other readily available one is a quite plastic ball! Could I substitute baby bocconcini? It sounds as though there is a "wet" mozzarella out there!

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  • Cooking Sambuca Kisses

    I love making and eating the Sambuca Kisses. However, I cook them in rapeseed oil and find a rather unpleasant after-taste. Which type of oil would you recommend for cooking them? Thank you.

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  • Cappuccino Pavlova Cracking

    My Cappucino Pavlova meringue looked fine until about twenty minutes after I had turned the oven off, then it spread out and became thinner and cracked at the sides. Can you tell me where I went wrong?

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  • Freezing Cookies

    I made Nigella's Chocolate Chip Cookies and they are amazing, but I made too many (eyes too big for my stomach!). What happens if you freeze cookies, is this possible?

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  • Oil For Chocolate Fudge Cake

    Is there an alternative oil I could use in this cake instead of corn oil for the Chocolate Fudge Cake? Will it still work and taste okay?

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  • Small Cakes

    Would I be right in thinking I could halve the ingredients for most of Nigella's cakes (say for a 23cm round tin) and cook that between two 5-inch tins? If so how do I calculate the cooking times?

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