The Queen's Pancake Recipe Is Going Viral

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Photo credit: Getty Images

If your pancakes could use the royal treatment, how about a recipe courtesy of the Queen herself? Queen Elizabeth II's pancake recipe, which was previously made available in the National Archives, resurfaced thanks to a Reddit thread created shortly after her passing this month.

Making the pancake recipe even more special is the fact that it was written by the Queen in 1959 for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. In the letter that accompanied the recipe, the Queen explained that she was reminded of the dish after seeing a photo of President Eisenhower grilling.

“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,” the Queen wrote in her letter to President Eisenhower, according to Today. “I now hasten to do so, and I do hope you will find them successful.”

In the recipe, the pancakes are referred to as "drop scones," and measurements such as a teacup (approximately 6 ounces) are used.


4 teacups flour

4 tablespoons caster sugar

2 teacups milk

2 whole eggs

2 teaspoons bicarbonate soda (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 the remainder of milk as required, also bicarbonate and cream of tartar, fold in the melted butter.

In addition to a specific set of ingredients and directions, the Queen also provided a handful of personal notes on how to best indulge in the sweet treat. "I have also tried using golden syrup or treacle instead of only sugar, and that can be very good too,” she wrote.

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