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I absolutely love Nigella's cupcakes, but, as strange as it may seem, they rise more in the centre than they are supposed to do (silly, as my cakes often don't rise at all!) Too much baking powder maybe? Too much batter in the cases? I've recently bought "Delizie Divine" a fantastic cook book with a good Italian translaltion. But I have another query - I can't find acid cream in Italy, what else could I use? May be yogurt? Thank you Nigella - my cooking guru! Maria from Vicenza Italy
Posted by meri1964. Answered on 23rd May 2011 at 12.00Read The Answer
I have a couple of recipes for cakes that require two whole oranges to be boiled and then put into a food processor and blitzed before adding the rest of the ingredients. I'd like to know why the oranges need to be boiled if they are going to be processed anyway? Is it to do with taste, texture or simply ease of processing?
Posted by aitchbee. Answered on 22nd May 2011 at 12.00Read The Answer
I tried the white chocolate mint mousse from Nigella's Express cookbook and it totally went wrong! It wasn't a mousse, but more like hard chocolate on top and liquid cream/water at the bottom of the shot glasses. First problem arose when I was putting a little bit of the softly whipped cream in the melted chocolate: it instantly got rather firm, with tiny lumps in it. And then when I gently folded the rest in it got sort of runny instead of creamy. I should also mention that my only aberration from the recipe was using cream with 32% fat (didn't find double cream anywhere!). So, please tell me, where did I go wrong? Is there a special kind of white chocolate one has to use or was it the cream? Thanks a lot for answering, I hope next time it will turn out perfectly as the flavor of white chocolate with mint is really great!
Posted by kate-uli. Answered on 21st May 2011 at 12.00Read The Answer