Queen Elizabeth II used this traditional drop scones recipe to make tasty Scottish pancakes for President Dwight D. Eisenhower during his August 1959 visit to Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
Her Majesty later enclosed a copy of the Scottish pancake recipe with a handwritten letter to Eisenhower, in January 1960. Now, you can enjoy making them too.
(U.S. National Archives and Records Admin.)
4 teacups flour
4 tablespoons castor sugar
2 teacups milk
2 whole eggs
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of 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. Enough for 16 people.
Her Majesty added the following handwritten instruction in her letter:
"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."
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."
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/4 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/2 tablespoon melted butter
The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration has the Queen's original handwritten letter to President Eisenhower in its collection.
The following YouTube video from British Pathe shows highlights of Eisenhower's 1959 visit to Britain including scenes filmed at Balmoral Castle where he enjoyed Scottish drop scones with the Queen and the Royal Family.
Enjoy Her Majesty's favorite Scottish drop scones recipe. Make a huge pile of delicious golden pancakes for yourself and your family tonight!
The Glasgow Cookery Book (1924)
1 pound Flour
1 teaspoonful Baking Soda
1 teaspoonful Cream of Tartar
2 tablespoonfuls Sugar or 1 tablespoonful Golden Syrup
1/2 teaspoonful Salt
3/4 pint Buttermilk
Mix all dry ingredients, beat the egg well and add milk to it; mix to fairly soft batter. Grease a hot
girdle with suet.
Drop the mixture on to the girdle with an iron spoon. When brown on one side, turn and brown on the other. Wrap in a clean towel to cool.