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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

  • Measuring a Cake Tin

    Hi, I want to make Nigella's Custard Sponge Cake (from Feast) for my Mum's Birthday this Saturday and the recipe states that two 20cm cake tins will be required. I have measured my cake tins and they measure 20cm across the top from lip to lip but only 17cm on the bottom and therefore on the inside. Is this the right size tin or is this considered a 17cm cake tin? If I do use these will I have too much mixture to fit in? HELP!

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  • Champagne Jellies

    Could you please suggest a way to make a perfect champagne jelly? I would like to make the jelly as a base for a trifle for dessert. Thank you!

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  • Chocolate Brownie Bowls

    Hi, the recipe for Chocolate Brownie Bowls in Nigella's book "Kitchen" calls for a 6 cavity dessert shell tin. where can I find this tin, preferably online?  

    Dear Team Nigella, please help!! I want to make the Chocolate Brownie Bowls but cannot find the correct tins. I have spoken to Lakeland and they do not have them and I have exhausted everywhere else. Where do I get them from? Many thanks, Rosie

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  • Cheese for Cheesecakes

    Is there any other cheese which can be used in cheesecake other than cream cheese? Unfortunaltely cream cheese is not available where I live. Thank you!

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  • Nigella's Book Feast

    Hello! I just wanted to know what is the difference between the two editions of Nigella`s book Feast - the one published in 2004 and the one published in 2006. Thank you.

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  • Sinking Cupcakes

    Help! I have been making cupcakes from Nigella's Domestic Goddess book for some time. However, since buying my food processor and using this to make my mixture my cakes sink and are concave. They are also not as light and fluffy. Why is this happening and what can I do to stop this?

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  • Lemon Polenta Cake

    I live in Pakistan and I would like to make Nigella's Lemon Polenta Cake (from Kitchen) but I am having trouble locating polenta or cornmeal. Could you please be kind enough to recommend a substitute or can I just replace the polenta with more ground almonds?

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  • Vegetable Shortening

    Please could you tell me if I can use margarine as a substitute for vegetable shortening?

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