Royal Recipe: Here's the pancake recipe Queen Elizabeth shared with President Eisenhower in 1960

The recipe for drop scones, which are thicker than American pancakes, was uploaded on Reddit by royal fans

Royal Recipe: Here's the pancake recipe Queen Elizabeth shared with President Eisenhower in 1960
President Eisenhower with Queen Elizabeth at Balmoral Castle, Scotland on September 1959 (Ben Stansall - WPA Pool, Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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LONDON, UK: A pancake recipe, which Queen Elizabeth II originally included in a letter to former US President Dwight D Eisenhower in 1960 following a meeting at Balmoral Castle, was uploaded on Reddit by royal fans. The recipe for drop scones that are thicker than American pancakes was given to Eisenhower three years after the Queen first met the former President at a White House State dinner in 1957, when she was 31 years old.

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The letter to Eisenhower read: "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 now hasten to do so, and I do hope you will find them successful."

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Queen Elizabeth II originally included the pancake recipe in a letter to former US President Dwight D Eisenhower in 1960 (US National Archives)

Then the Queen went into depth about each component required to make her drop scones. A thicker variation of American pancakes, drop scones are made by dropping soft dollops of batter onto the griddle. She used two teacups of milk, two whole eggs, four teacups of flour, four tablespoons of caster sugar, two teaspoons of bicarbonate soda, three teaspoons of cream of tartar and two tablespoons of melted butter in her recipe. "Beat eggs, sugar, and about half the milk together, add flour, and mix well together, adding the remainder of milk as required, also bicarbonate and cream of tartar, fold in the melted butter," she explained the preparation method in the letter. 

Additionally, the Queen made certain she didn't omit any guidance by offering the President a piece of wisdom while preparing her delectable choice of breakfast. “When there are fewer, I generally put in less flour and milk but use other ingredients as stated. I have also tried using golden syrup or treacle instead of only sugar, and that can be very good too,” she added in the letter. The exquisite dish serves 16 people, so everyone may indulge, she said at the end of her letter. And even though the monarch showed she was a breakfast master, it seemed the pancakes were a sweet delight.

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