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Your Signature Dish: Queen Elizabeth’s Drop Scones

Elaine Szlosbergof Raleigh shared her recipe for Queen Elizabeth’s Drop Scones.
Elaine Szlosbergof Raleigh shared her recipe for Queen Elizabeth’s Drop Scones. aweigl@newsobserver.com

Elaine Szlosberg of Raleigh shared her recipe for Queen Elizabeth’s Drop Scones, which has a fascinating history.

As Szlosberg noted in her letter: “The queen served tea to General Eisenhower at Balmoral. He requested the recipe and she sent it to him.”

In 1959, Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie, visited Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral, an estate house in Scotland that has been a private residence for the royal family since the 1800s. In January 1960, the queen wrote a widely documented letter: “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 that I promised you at Balmoral. I hope you will find them successful.”

These drop scones are not what we think of as scones, which are similar to biscuits. Their other name, Scotch pancakes, is a more apt description.

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