The Queen’s recipe includes four teacups of flour, four tablespoons of caster sugar, two teacups of milk, two whole eggs, two teaspoons of bicarbonate soda, three teaspoons cream of tartar and two tablespoons of melted butter.
“I think the mixture needs a great deal of beating while making, and shouldn’t stand about too long before cooling,” she said.
Queen Elizabeth was known to enjoy Afternoon Tea every day. Getty Images.
At the end of the letter, Queen Elizabeth told President Eisenhower she had followed his mammoth December 1959 tour to Italy, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Iran, Greece, Tunisia, France, Spain and Morocco with “intense interest”.
“We have followed with intense interest and much admiration your tremendous journey to so many countries, but feel we shall bever again be able to claim that we (Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip) are being made to do too much on future tours!”
The longest-serving monarch in British history – on the throne for 70 years – Queen Elizabeth was said to be fond of “simple food”, with many close to her sharing anecdotes about their time spent with Royalty.
Drop Scones courtesy of Queen Elizabeth! Image: US National Archives.
Her former royal chef Darren McGrady revealed she stuck to a regimented diet of meals a day – only eating small portions at each.
“She is absolutely a chocoholic,” McGrady told Hello! magazine in 2016. “Anything we put on the menu that had chocolate on, she would choose, especially chocolate perfection pie [a layered chocolate pie with white and dark chocolate and chocolate shavings].”
Another of the Queen’s favourite “guilty pleasures” during McGrady’s time as chef was a croque monsieur sandwich, with melted Gruyère, ham and whipped eggs, he said.