Queen Elizabeth’s Pancake Recipe is Going Viral, Here’s How to Make Them – NBC New York

If you’re curious what the life of a king is like, check out the late Queen Elizabeth II’s pancake recipe.

After her death, royal family pundits and fanatics have trawled through the archives of the Queen’s life and interests. Recently, users on Reddit got involved by recirculating an old pancake recipe that the Queen preferred.

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

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

“When I saw a picture of you standing in front of a grill grilling quail in today’s paper, I remembered I never sent you the recipe for the drop scones that I promised you in Balmoral” , she wrote at the beginning of her letter to Eisenhower. “I am now hastening to do so and I hope you will find them to be successful.”

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


4 teacups of flour

4 tablespoons powdered sugar

2 teacups 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 until fluffy, add the flour and mix well, add the remaining milk as required, add the baking soda and cream of tartar, and fold in the melted butter.”

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The Queen, who is proving to be an expert on the recipe, also advised in her letter: “If there is less, I generally add less flour and milk, but use other ingredients as directed. I’ve also tried using golden syrup or treacle instead of just sugar and that can be very good too.”

According to the Queen’s advice to the 34th President, “The mixture must be vigorously whipped during preparation and should not be allowed to stand too long before boiling.”

Chances are the sugary recipe would have been seen as 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 her entire life.

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

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