Queen Elizabeth pancake recipe

Queen Elizabeth pancake recipe

The recipe made its way to America in a letter the Queen sent to President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1960, after the president and his wife, Mamie, visited Balmoral castle, per Today.

“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,” the Queen wrote in the letter. “I now hasten to do so, and I do hope you will find them successful.” BTW: A “drop scone” is a thicker version of a standard American pancake.

While you can see the letter at the National Archives, the pancakes can be made right in your own kitchen. So, without further ado, I present to you the Queen’s secret pancake recipe, which feeds 16 people.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Pancakes


4 teacups flour

4 tablespoons caster sugar

2 teacups milk

2 whole eggs

2 teaspoons bicarbonate soda

3 teaspoons cream of tartar

2 tablespoons melted butter


Beat the eggs, sugar, and half the milk together.
Add the flour and mix well together, pouring in the rest of the milk, as needed.
Mix in the bicarbonate and cream of tartar.
Fold in the melted butter.
Cook in dollop-sized pancakes on a griddle.
Serve and enjoy!

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