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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

  • Sandwich Tins (Layer Pans) vs. Deep Cake Tins

    Hello, I am curious as to why some of Nigella's cake recipes say you should use sandwich tins (layer pans)? I am unfamiliar with a cake being baked in two tins, as opposed to just baking it in one tin and cutting into layers after it's baked. Is there a difference in taste or texture or is it only to do with convenience? Will the cake be as nice if baked in one tin?

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  • Black Coloured Sponge

    Hi, I was wondering how I would make a black sponge cake? I have black gel colouring, but I was wondering if I have to mix this with chocolate powder first as I would rather make a black coloured vanilla sponge. Thanks!

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  • Recipe Search - Potato Salad/Chocohotopots

    Hi there! I once saw Nigella on BBC Food making a warm potato salad with bacon, peas, wine (I think) and new potatoes - more like a side dish than a salad really. Could you tell me which recipe this was? Thanks very much, Sandy.  

    Hi Nigella, I recently saw a video of you making a chocolate dessert.  It is a favourite of your children, one of whom named this dessert hotchopot (if I remember correctly). Please help me find the recipe as I wish to replicate this luscious chocolate delight. Many thanks, Grace.

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  • Marmalade Pudding Cake

    I made the Marmalade Pudding Cake from Kitchen, but with some modifications. I used blackberry marmalade instead of orange and used 1 teaspoon honey in addition to the brown sugar. I set my oven (without fan) at 180 C and baked for 25 minutes and checked with a toothpick which came out clean from couple of locations. Therefore I turned the oven off and removed the pan from the oven. However the cake had not set properly in the centre, though it was alright around the edges. Does it mean that I removed it a little too early?

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  • Chocolate Guinness Cake in Advance

    I want to make Nigella's Chocolate Guiness Cake (from Feast) in advance of a party. Should I leave the icing until the day of the party or can I do it before? If there is any left over (which is highly unlikely after reading the reviews of this cake) can you please tell me the best way to store it? Thank you.

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  • Biscuit Base For Cheesecakes

    I make a lovely cottage cheese cheesecake but am having an enormous problem with the biscuit base turning out soggy. Can you help? Thanks!

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  • Making Birthday Custard Sponge In Advance

    Is it possible to make Nigella's Birthday Custard Sponge a day in advance of serving and if so does it need to go in the fridge? I am a little worried in particular about the icing. Also, when the recipe says 'eggs', what size? Thanks.

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  • Is It Possible To Re-bake A Cake?

    I baked the Devil's Food Cake from Kitchen and I thought it was done because the toothpick came out clean. Only after it cooled and I sliced it, I noticed that it wasn't all cooked. The centre wasn't evenly brown - it had a mix of dark and light brown. Could I have popped it back in the oven to re-bake?

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