The Queen’s pancake recipe given to Eisenhower resurfaces

Queen Elizabeth II loved to eat jam sandwiches every day, but she was a pro at making pancakes.

After her death on September 8, royal family fanatics dug up the Queen’s old recipe – which she originally included in a letter to President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1960 – and posted it on Reddit, where she quickly garnered thousands of likes.

The recipe is actually for drop scones, which are thicker than American pancakes and involve dropping soft dollops onto the griddle.

The note is typed with a title that reads “menu” in all caps, but it also includes his handwriting. In a note down she wrote “enough for 16 people”.

“Seeing a photo of you in today’s paper standing in front of a quail barbecuing reminded me that I never sent you the recipe for the scones I promised you at Balmoral,” wrote the Queen to Eisenhower after meeting him and his wife at his castle.

“I now hasten to do so, and hope you find them successful.”

Queen Elizabeth with President Dwight D. Eisenhower, leaving Lambert Lock, Montreal, Canada, after taking part in the ceremonial opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway in June 1959.
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Ingredients for the pancakes of the queen (enough for 16 people):

  • 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

“When there’s less, I usually add less flour and milk, but use other ingredients as directed. I’ve also tried using golden syrup or molasses instead of just sugar , and it can also be very good,” she advised.

Next, the monarch instructed the bakers to “beat together the eggs, sugar and about half the milk, 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”.

The queen's recipe is actually for drop scones, which are thicker versions of the pancakes Americans are used to.
The queen’s recipe is actually for drop scones, which are thicker versions of the pancakes Americans are used to.
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She also added that Eisenhower would have to give the mixture “lots of beatings” before placing soft dollops on the griddle.

Some Reddit users have even tried their hand at the royal recipe.


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“I did this a few months ago. As an American, these aren’t the scones you know,” one user commented. “It’s kind of a thick pancake/blini with a springy texture. Delicious with butter and powdered sugar or toasted leftovers with strawberry jam.

“In Canada, the term we use is ‘English muffin’ to describe them,” added another. “And yes, they are excellent with jam and such.”

Queen Elizabeth II with President Dwight D. Eisenhower at a State Banquet at the White House in October 1957.
Queen Elizabeth II with President Dwight D. Eisenhower at a State Banquet at the White House in October 1957.
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In 2021, the Queen’s former private chef, Darren McGrady, revealed the royal had eaten the same thing every day since childhood.

“The Queen was given pennies of jam in the nursery when she was a little girl. She has taken them for afternoon tea ever since,” McGrady said of her favorite sandwiches.

Elizabeth’s funeral will take place on September 19 at Westminster Abbey.

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