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This hand-written letter, dated January 24, 1960 and sent to U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, contains Queen Elizabeth’s recipe for scones.  So go ahead and give this royal recipe a try and you can rightly boast, “It’s the Queen’s recipe!”

Dear Mr. President,

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. Though the quantities are for 16 people, when there are fewer, I generally put in less flour and milk, but use the other ingredients as stated.

imagesI have also tried using golden syrup or Treacle instead of suger and that can very good too. I think the mixture needs a great deal of beating while making and shouldn’t stand about for too long before cooking.

We have followed with intense interest and much admiration your tremendous jorney to so many countries but feel that we shall never again be able to claim that we are being made to do too much on our future tours!

We remember with such pleasure your visit to Balmoral, and I hope the photographs will be a reminder of a very happy day you spent with us.

With all good wihes to you and Mrs. Eisenhower.

Yours Sincerely,

Elizabeth R

Drop scones

4 teacups of flour
4 tablespoons caster sugar
2 teacups milk
2 whole eggs
2 teaspoons bi-carbonare 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 of the milk as required, also the bicarbonate and cream of tartar, fold in the melted butter.
Enough for 16 people


The letter and recipe are reprinted from: Dear Mr. President, Letters to the Oval Office from the Files of the National Archives and is published by National Geographic.

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