Queen Elizabeth II was a cherished icon—from her colorful wardrobe to her pet corgis to her historic 70-year reign on the throne.
So after learning about the passing of the Queen on September 8, 2022, it was no surprise that people all over the world began diving into the archives to discover more about her life—whether it was through pictures, shows like The Crown, or even recipes.
Yes, that last one might seem unusual for British royalty, but the Queen actually had a few recipes that she herself was known to favor, including one for royal pancakes!
The recipe was first shared by Queen Elizabeth in a letter to President Dwight D. Eisenhower back in 1960. The original letter and recipe, which is available in the National Archives, reveals that the Queen served the pancakes (which are actually called "drop scones") to Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie, when they visited the queen at her castle in Balmoral.
"Dear Mr. President," she wrote in the letter, "Seeing a picture of you in today's newspaper, standing in front of a barbecue grilling quail, reminded me that I had never sent you the recipe of the drop scones which I promised you at Balmoral. I hope you will find them successful."
Along with the recipe, the Queen provided a few helpful tips when cooking.
"Though the quantities are for 16 people, when there are fewer, I generally put in less flour and milk but use the other ingredients as stated," she wrote.
And when it comes to making the pancakes a success, she advised, "the mixture needs a great deal of beating while making and shouldn't stand about too long before cooking." Good to know!
The "drop scones" are very similar to what we know as American pancakes. They're a bit thicker and smaller in size, but these griddle cakes are just as sweet and delicious for breakfast (or a special tea-time treat). And since they're so similar to pancakes, they can be served with your favorite pancake toppings—like syrup, jam, butter, or fresh fruit.
4 teacups flour
4 tablespoons caster sugar (or granulated sugar)
2 teacups milk
2 whole eggs
2 teaspoons bicarbonate soda (or baking soda)
3 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons melted butter
"Beat eggs, sugar, and about half the milk together, add flour, and mix well together, adding remainder of milk as required, also bicarbonate and cream of tartar, fold in the melted butter."
The Queen's recipe ends there so in true royal fashion, there's a bit of secrecy when it comes to how long to cook them and what exactly is a teacup, anyway?
Here's what we suggest: 1 teacup = approximately 3/4 cup so you'll need 3 cups flour and 1 1/2 cups milk. Heat a griddle with some melted butter and drop the batter by the spoonful onto the griddle. Then, as is the case with pancakes, when bubbles start to form, flip to the other side and continue to cook until golden. The finished result will be pancakes fit for a queen! 👑
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