This Queen Elizabeth pancake recipe, or drop scones, are slightly sweet and delicious. Perfect for mornings or teatime, these “Scotch Pancakes” are simple to make and such a treat!
President Eisenhower was a huge fan of these “scotch pancakes.”
Even if you can’t afford to live like the British royal family (apparently, castles in the UK don’t come cheap. Who knew?), you can afford to bake like them. In 1960, Queen Elizabeth II treated then-President Dwight Eisenhower and his wife Mamie to her drop scones, a sweet also known as scotch pancakes, during their stay at Balmoral.
The first couple was such fans of the griddle cakes that the Queen sent them her personal recipe, following their return to the States.
“Dear Mr. President,” she wrote in the letter, which is available in the National Archives. “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. I hope you will find them successful.”
In addition to the steps below, she also included a few baking tips in her letter. For example, “Though the quantities are for 16 people, when there are fewer, I generally put in less flour and milk, but use the other ingredients as stated.”
And, “I have also tried using golden syrup or treacle instead of only sugar and that can be very good, too. I think the mixture needs a great deal of beating while making, and shouldn’t stand about too long before cooking.”
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- 4 teacups flour (see note)
- 4 tablespoons caster sugar
- 2 teacups milk
- 2 whole eggs
- 2 teaspoons bi-carbonate 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 remaining milk as required, also bi-carbonate and cream of tartar, fold in the melted butter.
- Her recipe ends there, but seeing as these are similar to pancakes, one can then assume the batter would be dropped into a pan by the spoonful and flipped when bubbles started to appear on the surface.
- One teacup is approximately equal to half a cup.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 132Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 28mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 4g