Queen’s pancake recipe dug up by Royals fans from a 1960 letter to the US President

Royal fans dug up Queen Elizabeth II’s pancake recipe after her death.

Her Majesty penned a handwritten letter to US President Dwight D. Eisenhower in January 1960, along with her seven-ingredient recipe for “drop scones,” aka small, thick pancakes.

The Queen first met the President and his wife Mamie at their Balmoral Castle in the late summer of 1957 when she was just 31 years old.

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The letter to Eisenhower read: “When I saw a picture of you standing in front of a grill grilling quail in today’s paper, I remembered that I had never sent you the recipe for the drop scones that I had promised you at Balmoral.

“I am now hastening to do so and I hope you will find them to be successful.”

Royal fans have dug up Queen Elizabeth II’s ‘Drop Scone’ pancake recipe after her death. Recognition: US National Archives
Drop scones are small, thick pancakes made by dropping a spoonful of batter onto a frying pan (file image). Recognition: Chaloner forest/Getty Images

Her recipe, which is enough to feed 16 people, calls for flour, powdered sugar, milk, eggs, bicarb soda, cream of tartar, and butter.

“Although the amounts are for 16 people, generally with less flour and milk I add less flour and milk but use the other ingredients as directed,” the Queen said in the letter to the President.

“I’ve also tried using golden syrup or syrup instead of just sugar and that can be very good too.

“I think the mixture needs to be whipped a lot when preparing and shouldn’t be left for too long before cooking.”

Her recipe surfaced on Reddit shortly after she “peacefully” died on September 8 at the age of 96.

Her Majesty mailed her prescription to US President Dwight D. Eisenhower in January 1960 (pictured July 1968). Recognition: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Many royal fanatics were quick to point out that drop scones were not traditional English scones.

“As an American, these aren’t the scones you’re used to. They’re a kind of thick pancake with a springy texture. Nice with butter and powdered sugar or toasted leftovers with strawberry jam,” said one.

Another said: “Drop scones aren’t scones, they’re essentially Scottish pancakes. You tend to eat them with butter, maybe a little golden syrup if your sweet tooth calls.”

Those who followed the recipe said they enjoyed the Queen’s pancakes.

“My sister and I were crazy about it when we were teenagers in the 80s. Drizzled with honey and brushed with melted butter,” one said.

Queen’s Drop Scones recipe


Served 16

4 teacups of flour

4 tablespoons powdered sugar

2 teacups of milk

2 whole eggs

2 teaspoons baking soda

3 teaspoons cream of tartar

2 tablespoons melted butter


Beat the eggs, sugar and about half the milk until fluffy.

Add flour, mix well, add remaining milk, bicarbonate and cream of tartar as needed, fold in melted butter.

While the Queen’s recipe ends here, home cooks around the world have been speculating about the following method:

Heat a large frying pan and grease with oil.

Add spoonfuls of batter to the hot pan, keeping the mixture well separated so it can spread.

If bubbles appear on the top, use a spatula to flip the scones and bake an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute or until lightly golden brown.

Transfer the pancakes to a wire rack and cover to keep them soft. Continue cooking the dough in the same way.

Serve immediately with toppings of your choice.

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