Queen Elizabeth’s Pancake Recipe: The Royal Pancake Recipe That Went Viral

Queen Elizabeth's Pancake Recipe: The Royal Pancake Recipe That Went Viral

With the passing of Queen Elizabeth, the interest in royal recipes has been ignited. Queen Elizabeth’s pancake recipe went viral and is probably being made in kitchens around the world for breakfast and brunch now. 

The pancake recipe was included in a letter sent by the queen to U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, which is made available in the National Archives. The original letter and recipe was penned in 1960 after Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie, visited with the queen at her castle in Balmoral.

In the letter, Queen Elizabeth wrote “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.” She also advised that “the mixture needs a great deal of beating while making and shouldn’t stand about too long before cooking.”

Cuisine: British

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4 to 6


Here’s how to make it: 

  1. Beat the eggs, sugar and about half of the milk together in a bowl.
  2. Add the flour and mix well. Add the remainder of the milk, as required, along with the baking soda, cream of tartar and butter. 
  3. Cook the pancakes in a skillet as you would your regular pancake batter. 

Note: A “teacup” is just under 3/4 cups.

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