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We Finally Know What The Queen Has At Tea Time - And How To Make It At Home

We all wish we could sneak into Buckingham Palace and pretend to be royalty for the day. Or is that just me? In any case, I'm sure you're curious what the Queen eats every day.

Earlier, we gave you the recipe for the Queen's favorite dessert she has whenever she goes on long trips. But have you ever wondered what the Queen eats at tea time?

In 1960, U.S. president Dwight Eisenhower and his wife visited Balmoral, and Queen Elizabeth II served them her favorite drop scones, also known as scotch pancakes. The couple loved them so much that the Queen later sent them her secret recipe, along with a heart-felt letter.

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"Dear Mr President," she wrote, "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 hope you will find them successful."

If you're thinking these are the typical scones, you couldn't be further from the truth. Drop scones have a thinner batter and are made by scooping a small amount into a frying pan or griddle. While they might look like North American pancakes, they're smaller and more dense once cooked.

Here's a copy of the original recipe:


4 teacups* flour

4 tablespoons caster sugar

2 teacups* milk

2 whole eggs

2 teaspoons bi-carbonate 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 remainder milk as required, also bi-carbonate and cream of tartar, fold in the melted butter.

*One teacup is about half a cup.


This recipe has got to be the most English thing ever. I had no idea "a teacup" was a unit of measurement!

If you want to have a true British tea party, the recipe makes enough for 16 people, so keep that in mind. Happy baking!

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