Queen Elizabeth's Drop Scones


4 teacups flour (3 cups)
4 tablespoons castor sugar (super fine granulated sugar)
2 teacups milk (1.5 cups)
2 whole eggs
2 teaspoons baking soda
3 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons melted butter


Beat eggs, sugar and about half the milk together.
Add flour, and mix well. Add the remaining milk as required.
Mix in baking soda and cream of tartar, fold in the melted butter.
Drop onto ungreased baking sheet by the teaspoon full.
Bake at 400 degree for 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.


MAureen's picture

I'm can't wait to try these scones if they are good enough for Dwight they're good enough for me. I'll be a queen for a day.

Kat's picture

How much is a teacup? 5 ounces? And what actually IS treacle, anyway?

Sheri Wetherell's picture

Hi Kat,
Using a teacup as a baking measure is a common practice in England. One teacup measures about 3/4 cup. I added the measures to the recipe above. Treacle is a type of sugar syrup (also quite common in England). If you can't find it in the US, you can use molasses or golden syrup. Hope that helps! :)

Kat's picture

Oh thank you! I have seen Golden Syrup, though never tried it - now I have an excuse to buy it! (Don't much care for the taste of molasses except in baked beans - LOL!)

Joanne L.'s picture

thank you for giving us the American measurements also. Im definitely going to try this recipe.

Sheri Wetherell's picture

They're delicious with a handful of dried currants tossed in too! :)

Karie Engels's picture

These are going to be delicious ~ my kids will adore these :)

Archana's picture

Delicious scones. I think on mine I will use honey


In August 1959, Queen Elizabeth entertained President Dwight Eisenhower at Balmoral Castle near Edinburgh. At a barbecue in the Scottish highlands, the Queen made drop scones for the President using this family recipe. Serve as you would pancakes with syrup or your favorite jam or jelly.

Note: In England, it is common to use a teacup as a baking measure. 1 teacup equals 3/4 cup.

Other Names:

Scotch Pancakes, Scottish Pancakes


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Monday, April 25, 2011 - 4:41pm


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