Queen Elizabeth’s pancake recipe is going viral, here’s how to make them

If you’re curious about what the life of a king is like, consider making the late Queen Elizabeth II pancakes recipe.

In the aftermath of her death, royal family pundits and fanatics pored over the records of the Queen’s life and interests. Recently on Reddit, Internet users participated by recirculating an old pancake recipe that the queen favored.

The recipe was included in a letter sent by the Queen to US President Dwight D. Eisenhower, which is available from the National Archives. The original letter and recipe were written in 1960 after Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie, visited the Queen at her Balmoral Castle.

The Queen notably died on September 8 at Balmoral Castle, a large estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

“Seeing a photo of you in the paper today in front of a quail grilling on the barbecue reminded me that I never sent you the recipe for the drop scones I promised you at Balmoral,” wrote- her in the opening of her letter to Eisenhower. “I now hasten to do so, and hope you find them successful. »

The Queen went on to detail the ingredients and recipe for drop scones – a thicker version of standard American pancakes that are dropped onto griddles in dollops.


4 cups flour

4 tablespoons caster sugar

2 cups 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 together, add the flour and mix well, adding the rest of the milk as needed, along with the baking soda and cream of tartar, stir in the melted butter. »

Proving to be an expert on the recipe, the Queen also noted in her letter that ‘when there is less I usually put in less flour and milk but use other ingredients as directed. I’ve also tried using golden syrup or molasses instead of just sugar, and that can be really good too.

According to the Queen’s advice to the 34th President, “the mixture needs a lot of beating during preparation and should not sit too long before cooking”.

The sweet recipe would probably have been considered a treat for the late queen. In 2017, Darren McGrady, a former royal chef to the late monarch, told the Telegraph that she had followed a “disciplined” diet throughout her life.

“She eats to live, unlike Prince Philip who loves to eat and stands and talks about food all day,” he explained, adding that “she is very disciplined. No starch is the rule.


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