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Try Queen Elizabeth II’s recipe for licorice scones

Try Queen Elizabeth II's recipe for licorice scones

Queen Elizabeth II was a versatile woman. Not only was she the longest-reigning monarch in British history, she was also an animal lover, movie star and a trained mechanic. She also knew her way around a kitchen, as evidenced by this recipe she emailed to Dwight Eisenhower in 1960.

According to simplestQueen Elizabeth’s recipe for licorice scones resurfaced reddit after her death on September 8 at the age of 96. Apparently, she served the dish to President Eisenhower when he visited Balmoral Castle in Scotland in 1959. Five months later, she sent him instructions for making the treats with the following note:

“Dear Mr. President. Seeing a picture of you in today’s paper, standing in front of a barbecue grilling quail, reminded me that I never sent you the recipe for the licorice scones I promised you at Balmoral. I now hasten to do so, and I hope you will find them successful.”

Her recipe consists of simple ingredients that are easy to find outside of royal pantry. After beating two eggs with four tablespoons of sugar and about a teacup (or three-quarters cup) of milk, she suggests adding four teacups of flour and mixing in another teacup of milk “if needed.” She asks the maker to mix in three teaspoons of cream of tartar and two tablespoons of baking soda (baking soda) before mixing in two tablespoons of melted butter.

The instructions end there, but if the queen’s scones are traditional, they should be prepared like pancakes. After you’ve prepared your batter, spoon it onto a hot pan or griddle and let the medallions cook for a few minutes on each side. Drop scones are thicker than American flapjacks and take a little longer to heat. Her Majesty also recommended swapping the sugar for treacle or golden syrup and whipping the batter “a lot” before cooking immediately.

Queen Elizabeth II was famous for her sweet tooth. According to former royal chef Darren McGrady, one of her favorite treats was a chocolate chip cookie cake that she enjoyed every day with her afternoon tea. If you want to eat like a king in honor of the queen’s memory, you can find the cake recipe here.

[h/t Simplemost]