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Latest Queries

  • Making And Storing Star Topped Mince Pies

    Hi, I am wondering how long the Star Topped Mince Pies keep for or if they can be frozen? Thanks.

    Hi there, I was thinking about putting the Star Topped Mince Pies in my Christmas hampers. Do you know how far in advance I could make these? Would love to be able to freeze the pastry and then make them up a week before Xmas or something. Mincemeat can be made up to 2 weeks of says. Any advice please. Many thanks x  

    I want to make the star topped mince pies. Could you recommend where to buy the tartlet tins from? I am struggling to find some the right size. Thank you. Katie.

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  • Chocolate Christmas Sponge Pudding

    Hi there, I have recently moved to NYC from the UK and can't find double cream here. I want to make the steamed chocolate pudding for Christmas. Can I use heavy cream in the sauce without dire consequence? Or do you have a different sauce recipe please? Thank you, Alison.

     I'd like to steam my Chocolate Pudding For Christmas Pudding Haters in the slow cooker, as I have done with traditional puddings. Is this possible, and if so how long would I allow? I have limited cooker space! Thank you! Caroline

    I would like to make Nigella's Steamed Chocolate Pudding for Boxing Day contribution when we go to friends for a big celebration that day. I'm going to be mega busy that day and also for ease of transportation it would be great if I could make it in advance. Is this possible, will it keep ok? Also I was thinking of chucking a few cherries for added interest, would I have to alter the recipe at all to allow for them?  

    Is it ok to use a metal steamer in place of a plastic one please? Wickster.

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  • Easy Sticky Toffee Pudding Queries

    Made the Easy Sticky Toffee Pudding, so fab and easy. Unfortunately I discovered my children HATE dates. They even found the tiniest pieces and pulled them out. I was gutted. Can this pudding be made by leaving out the dates?

    I am thinking about cooking the Easy Sticky Toffee Pudding for Christmas lunch as an alternative for Christmas pudding. I'd like to make in advance and freeze, is this okay? At what point should it be frozen, before or after cooking? Any advice welcomed, thanks! Jane

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  • Spruced Up Vanilla Cake Queries

    Hi there, I bought the shaped bund tin and have made the Spruced-Up Vanilla Cake it twice now and it looks amazing when out of the tin but then when sliced it is very heavy and dosn't look light and spongey. I live in Spain and the first time I used full fat yoghurt then the second time no fat yoghurt, my oven is a fan oven and I cooked it for 60 mins on 180c. The first time we put everything into processor minus the icing sugar the second time we mixed by hand. HELP please I need to make this for my party. What am I doing wrong please ? Regards Vanessa Baker.

    Dear Nigella, I am planning to make the Spruced Up Cake next week, for a home celebration, and was wondering what you would suggest for a chocolaye variation. Should I include cocoa? I have the Holiday Bundt Tree Pan' by Nordic Ware. Is there any other exotic flavour you would suggest, that would go well for a dinner party for adults? 

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  • Clementine Cake Queries

    Hi, just wondering how much water to use to boil the fruit in the Clementine Cake? Just cover and boil? Keep topping up the water? Thanks.  

    As soon as I left my Clementine Cake on the wire rack and in the tin to cool, it started sinking. From the picture on the website, it actually looks a bit as if the cake has sunk in the middle and so I am wondering if this is normal or if I have done something wrong? LF102.

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  • Freezing Ham Cooked In Cola

    I have a large gammon joint that I want to cook using Nigella's Ham in Coca Cola recipe. The best before date is early Dec so am I best to freeze now and then cook nearer the time or can I cook now and then freeze? Sarah

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  • Chocolate Fruit Cake Without Alcohol And Smaller

    Can you suggest a non-alcoholic alternative to Tia Maria in the Chocolate Fruit Cake please?  

    Hi, I was thinking of making 2 smaller cakes this year rather than one large Chocolate Fruit Cake - one for work and one for home. Could you advise what size tin would be appropriate and the approximate cooking time? P.S I love this cake! Many thanks, Christie.

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  • Turkey Breast Stuffed With Sausage

    Hello, In the Turkey Breast Stuffed With Italian Sausage And Cranberries  recipe Nigella suggests "Mostarda di Cremona". I have found it with another word after it which indicates what fruit it is made with. Recipes seem to be very few and far between. Some have 1/2 a fruit, e.g. apricot size, others have a small chunk similar to the size of glace pineapple and the jars give the impression of a relish or chutney size of fruit. I would like to know more about this and whether Nigella has a preferred recipe. Thanks, Nichola

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