Traditional pancake recipe: The Queen's own drop scones

A truly unique recipe for drop scones, revealed in a letter sent by a young Queen Elizabeth to President Eisenhower in 1960

Published: February 9, 2016
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How to make the Queen's drop scones

Beat eggs, sugar and about half the milk together; add flour.

Mix well, adding remainder of milk, bicarbonate and cream of tartar.

Fold in butter.

In the letter she also offered her own tips for making the delicious Scottish pancakes:

"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."


  • 4 teacups flour
  • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 2 teacups milk
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 3 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
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