This scone recipe was sent by Queen Elizabeth II to Dwight David Eisenhower, on January 24, 1960, in response to the President’s earlier request. When President and Mrs Eisenhower visited the Royal Family at Balmoral Castle in Scotland in 1959, they apparently loved the little British biscuits. Here’s the letter that accompanied the recipe:
The Queen’s drop scones recipe
4 teacups flour
4 tablespoons caster sugar
2 teacups milk
2 whole eggs
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
3 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons melted butter
Beat eggs, sugar and about half the milk together; add flour. Mix well, adding remainder of milk, bicarbonate and cream of tartar. Fold in butter.
Enough for 16 people.
Source: Queen Elizabeth II, via the National Archives American Bicentennial exhibit, 200 Years of Collections at the National Archives