Queen Elizabeth II loved to eat jam sandwiches every day, but she was a pro at making pancakes.
After her death on Sept. 8, royal family fanatics dug up the queen’s old recipe — which she originally included in a letter to President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1960 — and posted it to Reddit, where it quickly garnered thousands of likes.
The recipe is actually for drop scones, which are thicker than American pancakes and involve dropping soft dollops onto the griddle.
The note is typed out with a heading that reads “menu” in all caps, but it also includes her handwriting. In a note toward the bottom, she wrote “enough for 16 people.”
“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 to Eisenhower after she met him and his wife at her castle.
“I now hasten to do so, and I do hope you will find them successful.”
Ingredients for the queen’s pancakes (enough for 16 people):
- 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
“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 advised.
Next, the monarch instructed bakers to “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 also added that Eisenhower should give the mix a “great deal of beating” before placing soft dollops onto the griddle.
Some Reddit users even tried their hand at the royal’s recipe.
“I made these a few months ago. As an American these are not the scones you know,” one user commented. “They’re kind of a thick pancake/ blini type thing with a springy texture. Nice with butter and powdered sugar or toasted leftover with strawberry jam.”
“In Canada, the term we use is ‘English muffin’ to describe them,” another chimed in. “And yes, they are great with jam and such.”
In 2021, the queen’s former private chef, Darren McGrady, revealed that the royal had eaten the same thing every day since her childhood.
“The queen was served jam pennies in the nursery as a little girl. She’s had them for afternoon tea ever since,” McGrady said of her preferred sandwiches.
Elizabeth’s funeral will take place on Sept. 19 at Westminster Abbey.