One cannot not like pancakes.
We all know about the late Quen Elizabeth’s love of Corgis, horses, colourful outfits and the Scottish countryside.
But apart from pulling a marmalade sandwich out of her tiny purse to show Paddington Bear as part of Royal Jubilee celebrations earlier this year, not many details about the monarch’s taste in food has been made known to the public.
However, in the week or so that has gone by since the Queen passed away, experts and royal family fanatics have poured over the archives of the queen’s life and interests.
And recently on Reddit, users have participated by recirculating an old pancake recipe that the Queen apparently favoured.
According to Reddit users, the recipe was included in a letter sent by the queen to US President Dwight D. Eisenhower, which is made available in the National Archives. The original letter and recipe were penned in 1960 after Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie, visited the queen at her castle in Balmoral.
“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 is the royal name for Scotch pancakes, apparently) which I promised you at Balmoral,” the Queen wrote in the opening of her letter to Eisenhower.
“I now hasten to do so, and I do hope you will find them successful.”
The royal went on to detail the ingredients and recipe for the pancakes — which are a thicker version of standard American pancakes which are dropped onto griddles in dollops – hence the name.
Queen’s Elizabeth’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 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.”
Proving herself to be an expert on the recipe, the Queen also advised in her letter that “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.”
Per the royal’s advice to the 34th president of the United States, “the mixture needs a great deal of beating while making and shouldn’t stand about too long before cooking.”