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You have to try The Queen’s recipe for ‘drop scones’

These "delightfully chewy" drop scones are better than your everyday pancakes!
19 September 2022 10:31AM

An old recipe belonging to Queen Elizabeth II has recently resurfaced online for her ‘drop scones’ (which are very similar to your classic pancakes except they’re smaller and thicker). 

It’s said that The Queen gave the recipe to president Eisenhower back in 1959. For a bit of perspective that's before Aotearoa had TV and the same year the Auckland Harbour Bridge opened! 

The recipe seems pretty simple to make (although we all know the first pancake always comes out burnt…) 


  • 4 teacups flour

  • 4 tablespoons caster sugar

  • 2 teacups milk 

  • 2 whole eggs

  • 2 teaspoons bi-carbonate of soda

  • 3 teaspoons cream of tartar

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter


  • Beat the eggs, sugar and about half of the milk together

  • After mixing the wet ingredients together, add flour and mix well, adding the remainder of the milk as required

  • Then add the bi-carbonate of soda (baking soda) and cream of tartar

  • Melt the butter and add to the mixture

  • Pour about a ¼ cup of the mixture into a pan at medium heat until the mixture bubbles, then flip

  • Serve with strawberry jam and butter 

Buzzfeed gave the recipe a go and said “the mixture blended nicely together and [...] smelled exactly like pancake batter”. So if you like a good pancake, odd’s are you’ll like this recipe. 

So if you’re wanting a breakfast treat fit for a royal, give these ‘drop scones’ a go, you won't be disappointed!