Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96 on Thursday, September 8, 2022. She was Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and had even celebrated her Platinum jubilee in the month of June, completing 70 years on the throne. Condolences poured in from political leaders and dignitaries from across the world. People were recalling fond memories and narrating anecdotes from the late Queen’s life. One such interesting story surfaced on Twitter and caught the attention of foodies online. Twitter user and historian Michael Beschloss took to the platform to share the time when Queen Elizabeth personally shared her iconic scones recipe in the year 1960. Take a look:
Queen Elizabeth promised to send President Eisenhower her scones recipe after receiving him in 1959 at Balmoral Castle, where she died today: pic.twitter.com/9JfZCXXMiH— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) September 8, 2022
Queen Elizabeth II had written a letter dated January 24, 1960, to the then US President Dwight D. Eisenhower after hosting him for a visit. The letter, available in UK’s National Archives, was shared on Twitter by the historian Beschloss. “Dear Mr. President, Seeing a picture of you in today’s newspaper standing in front of a barbecue grill 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,” wrote the late Queen in her letter.
The full recipe of Queen Elizabeth’s drop scones from 1960 was also shared on Twitter by the same user. Also known as Scottish pancakes, the recipe called for using ingredients like flour, caster sugar, milk, eggs and butter. The recipe was said to be enough for sixteen people. Take a look at the full recipe here:
The late Queen also added a few personal notes to the recipe in her letter for the US President Eisenhower. “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,” she wrote. She also suggested using golden syrup or treacle instead of sugar, saying that could “be very good too”. “I think the mixture needs a great deal of beating and shouldn’t stand for too long before cooking,” she added in her letter to the president dated 1960.
Twitter users and food enthusiasts were delighted with this small slice of history from the Queen’s life. Several expressed their desire to try the recipe themselves as a tribute to the British monarch.
Take a look at the reactions:
That’s a great piece of history— 𝘫𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘺 𝘭. (@Jeremy10036) September 8, 2022
Just to clarify, these are not scones, they’re drop scones, aka pikelets. They’re mini pancakes.— Tucker Fandango (@ajpfieldsend) September 8, 2022
Thanks for all the history you drop for us on Twitter.— Glenda (HALLELUJAH!!!) (@smit9186) September 8, 2022
Earlier, Queen Elizabeth’s personal favourite sandwich recipe for afternoon tea had also gone viral on social media. The sandwich recipe was shared by the former royal chef Darren McGrady. According to him, the ‘Jam Pennies’ required just three ingredients and were also the Queen’s favourites as a little girl. Click here to know more about this story.