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 of the Queen’s passing on September 8, 2022, it’s no surprise that people around the world have started delving into the archives to find out more about her life, whether through pictures, shows like The crownor even recipes.
Yes, the latter may 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 in 1960. The original letter and recipe, which are available from the National Archives, reveal 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 Balmoral Castle.
“Dear Mr. President,” she wrote in the letter, “Seeing a picture of you in today’s newspaper standing in front of a quail barbecuing reminded me that I never saw you sent the recipe for the drop scones I promised you at Balmoral. I hope you find them effective.
Along with the recipe, the queen provided some helpful cooking tips.
“Although the quantities are for 16 people, when there are less, I generally put in less flour and milk but use the other ingredients as directed,” she writes.
And when it comes to successful pancakes, she advised, “the mixture should be beaten a lot during preparation and not wait too long before baking.” Good to know!
Drop scones are a lot like what we call American pancakes. They’re a little thicker and smaller, but these a la plancha cakes are just as sweet and delicious for breakfast (or a special teatime treat). And since they look so much like pancakes, they can be served with your favorite pancake toppings, like syrup, jam, butter, or fresh fruit.
4 cups flour
4 tablespoons caster sugar (or caster sugar)
2 cups of milk
2 whole eggs
2 teaspoons baking soda (or baking soda)
3 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons melted butter
“Beat the eggs, sugar and about half the milk together, add the flour and mix well, add the rest of the milk as needed, along with the baking soda and cream of tartar, stir in the melted butter.”
The queen’s recipe ends there, so in royal fashion there’s a bit of a secret when it comes to how long to cook them and what’s a cup of tea, anyway way ?
Here’s what we suggest: 1 tea cup = about 3/4 cup, so you’ll need 3 cups of flour and 1 1/2 cups of milk. Heat a griddle with a little melted butter and drop the dough by the spoonful onto the griddle. Then, as with pancakes, when bubbles start to form, flip them over and continue cooking until golden brown. The end result will be pancakes fit for a queen! 👑
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