Queen Elizabeth sends President Eisenhower her drop scones recipe (1960)

Queen Elizabeth and President Eisenhower 1957

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The story behind Queen Elizabeth’s drop scones recipe she shared with the President

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 breakfast treats, which were apparently more like thick pancakes than biscuit-type scones. 

Here’s the letter that accompanied the recipe:

Queen Elizabeth sends Eisenhower her drop scones recipe (1960)

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.

I have also tried using golden syrup or treacle instead of only sugar and that can be very good, too.

I think the mixture needs a great deal of beating while making, and shouldn’t stand about too long before cooking.

We have followed with intense interest and much admiration your tremendous journey to so many countries, but feel 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 photograph will be a reminder of the very happy day you spent with us.

With all good wishes to you and Mrs. Eisenhower.

Yours sincerely
Elizabeth R

The Queen’s drop scones recipe

Strawberry satin pie recipe (1964)

Strawberry satin pie

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 3 cups fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • Few drops red food coloring
  • Whipped cream
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  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 slightly beaten egg
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream, whipped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
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  • 1-1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening,
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons cold water


  1. Cover bottom of cooled baked crust with almonds. Fill with chilled Creamy Satin Filling (see top photograph).
  2. Slice 2-1/2 cups of the strawberries in half, reserving a few perfect whole berries for center; arrange berries atop filling (see second photo).
  3. For strawberry glaze
    : Crush remaining 1/2 cup strawberries; add the water and cook 2 minutes; sieve.
  4. Mix the sugar and cornstarch; gradually stir in berry juice. Cook and stir till thick and clear. Tint red with a few drops food coloring.
  5. Cool slightly; spoon over strawberries (see bottom picture, left).
  6. Refrigerate till serving time. Top with whipped cream.
  7. For creamy satin filling for this strawberry pie
    : Ingredients: 1/2 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons cornstarch, 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 cups milk, 1 slightly beaten egg, 1/2 cup whipping cream (whipped), 1 teaspoon vanilla

  8. Combine sugar, cornstarch, flour, and salt. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to boiling, stirring constantly. Lower heat; cook and stir till thick.
  9. Stir a little of the hot mixture into egg; return to remaining hot mixture. Bring just to a boil, stirring constantly.
  10. Cool, then chill. Beat well; fold in whipped cream and vanilla.
  11. Pie crust recipe
    : Make pastry from 1-1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup shortening, and 4 to 5 tablespoons cold water.
  12. Roll to 1/8 inch; fit loosely into 9-inch pie plate. Trim 1 inch beyond edge; fold under and crimp high.
  13. Prick bottom and sides well with fork. Bake in 450 degree F oven 10 to 12 minutes.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 362Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 250mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 2gSugar: 18gProtein: 6g
Enough for 16 people.

Queen Elizabeth's drop scones recipe (1960)

More about the Queen’s trips to Balmoral (1968)

Britain’s Queen vacations; enjoys scones and cakes

By Margaret Saville in London, as published in The Kingston Daily Freeman (Kingston, New York) September 4, 1968

For a little while each summer, Queen Elizabeth II does what almost every woman occasionally longs to do — eat all the fattening goodies she wants.

The queen’s six weeks vacation at Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands provides the occasion for this indulgence, and then it’s back on regime.

Elizabeth doesn’t diet to keep her slender figure, actually, but she does “watch the menus,” as she puts it.

Eisenhower & the rotary-dial telephone (1955)

At the age of 42, and after four children, she still has the same measurements she had at

Her figure is what British haute couture calls “the small lady,” an ideal 24-inch waist, 34-inch bust, 34-inch hips and a height of five feet four inches.

She rations her starch and sweets, cats plenty of salads and fresh fruit. At her meals in the privacy of Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle at weekends, she drinks only tea or fresh orange juice diluted with soda water. Even at public Parties, she accepts a single glass of sherry as a cocktail and often leaves her glass of champagne or wine half-empty on the table.

But at her Scottish retreat, she gets so much open air exercise that she does not worry about putting on extra weight by eating what she pleases.

Queen Elizabeth - Drop scones recipe
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She enjoys the Highland baking, the scones and cakes with honey and raisins.

The freshly-caught herrings are rolled in oatmeal before being fried. Salmon caught in the morning from the River Dee alongside the castle are served grilled.

She has coffee with cream, fruit pie with ice cream, and thick sandwiches filled with cheese and cold meat when she goes out on the moors surrounding Balmoral.

For all her necessary residence in London, the queen is essentially a fresh air lover and revels in the life at Balmoral. She rides every day, plays outside with her children. goes fishing, walks for hours stalking deer on the moors, scrambling over the rocks when an animal is sighted.

Every morning she exercises her four pet Corgi terriers, Heather, Whisky, Sherry and Jane, in Balmoral’s big wooded gardens.

As often as not, she dances after dinner for an hour or two. Balmoral is many miles from the nearest town and entertainment is home-made.

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