Would it be scones made by the Queen?
A bit of news from the US National Archives – in June they’ll be launching an exhibition about food from their records, an exhibition that ‘explores the nation’s, love affair with, fear of, and obsession with food’.
Called ‘What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?‘ one of the many documents and photos they’ll have on display is a letter from Queen Elizabeth to President Dwight Eisenhower. Apparently he was so impressed with her scones at a barbeque at Balmoral Castle in 1959, he asked her for the recipe!
The Queen’s Drop Scones
4 teacups flour
4 tablespoons caster sugar
2 teacups milk
2 whole eggs
2 teaspoons bi-carbonate 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, bi-carbonate and cream of tartar. Fold in butter.
It’s interesting to see that the Queen measures things in teacups. Also that she didn’t bother President Eisenhower with details like cooking times and temperatures! That’s because drop scones (also known as Scotch pancakes) aren’t your traditional scone – they’re more like a thick pancake. They need to be fried.
I wonder if these scones will feature at the wedding later this week?