Queen Elizabeth II's drop scone recipe is going viral – here's how to make them

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Queen Elizabeth II was a cherished icon. So, after learning about the passing of the Queen on September 8th 2022, it's no surprise that people all over the world have been diving into the archives to discover more about her life. One item to be rediscovered is her famous drop scone, or pancake, recipe.

The recipe was first shared by Queen Elizabeth II in a letter to President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1960. The original letter and recipe, which is available in the National Archives, reveals that the Queen served the pancakes (which are actually called "drop scones") to Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie, when they visited Balmoral.

"Dear Mr. President," she wrote in the letter. "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."

Photo credit: Fox Photos - Getty Images
Photo credit: Fox Photos - Getty Images

Along with the recipe, the Queen provided a few helpful tips when cooking.

"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," she wrote.

And when it comes to making the pancakes a success, she advised, "the mixture needs a great deal of beating while making and shouldn't stand about too long before cooking."


  • 4 teacups flour

  • 4 tablespoons caster sugar (or granulated sugar)

  • 2 teacups milk

  • 2 whole eggs

  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate soda (or 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 remainder of milk as required, also bicarbonate and cream of tartar, fold in the melted butter."

The Queen's recipe ends there so there's a bit of secrecy when it comes to how long to cook the drop scones for and what exactly a teacup measurement is – but they sound delicious nonetheless.

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