A great way to honor someone you loved and lost, and to connect with your memories of that person, is to make a favorite recipe that they shared with you. Bonus points if it’s written in the person’s own hand or typed on an old-fashioned typewriter. So anyone mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away on September 8, aged 96, after more than 70 years on the throne of Great Britain, may want to gather some ingredients and make the ” loose buns” of the Queen (or Pancakesas we Americans call them), following the recipe which, according to the National Archives Catalog, he shared with US President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1960.
“Dear Mr. President,” he wrote in a four-page letter dated January 24, 1960. “Seeing a picture of you in today’s paper standing in front of a barbecue grilling quail reminded me that I had never sent you the recipe for the buns. , which I served you at Balmoral. I hasten to do so, and I hope you find them successful.”
Although the recipe, as shared, serves 16, the Queen told the president that “when there are fewer people, I usually put in less flour and milk, but use the other ingredients as directed.”
The Queen advised that “the mixture needs a great deal of stirring while it is being prepared, and should not sit too long before cooking”. She also noted that she had tried the recipe “using golden syrup or molasses instead of just sugar, and that can be very good too.”
The royal, who would have been 33 at the time and had less than eight years of reign, signed her letter with warmth and charming informality: “Sincerely, Elizabeth R.”
In general, the Queen and the President seem to have enjoyed a warm correspondence. In a letterwriting on June 29, 1959, to thank the Queen for a “particularly fortuitous and happy” visit to Canada that coincided with the official dedication of the St. Lawrence Seaway Development, President Eisenhower said that “the highlight of the day” for he and his wife, Mamie, was “the cruise on the BRITANNIA, the delicious lunch with you and your guests, and the opportunity we had to talk informally with you and Prince Philip.”
Now, if you decide to try the recipe for yourself, available here, may leave you with a few questions. (For starters, what is baking soda? Answer: baking soda.) It certainly did for some commenters who responded to the recipe on Reddit, where was recently published. Fortunately, other Reddit users provided some clarity.
“As an American, these are not the buns you know. They are a kind of thick pancake/blini with a springy texture. Nice with butter and powdered sugar or toasted leftovers with strawberry jam,” one commenter advised, adding parenthetically: “(A typical cup of tea is 6 fl oz. A dessert spoon in the UK is the spoon/ largest soup spoon in US games).”
Others suggested drizzling the pancakes with honey or “golden syrup if you have a sweet tooth.”
As for the baking instructions, which the Queen didn’t include (“Maybe she never got to do that, she left it to others,” one person posited), another Redditor advises: “The scones cook on the stove, like pancakes.” American people. “
“They are cooked in a dry pan on the stove,” says another. “Drop the scones…drop about a dessert spoonful of the mixture into a hot pan (very lightly oiled), cook, flip, cook, then place on a clean linen cloth (dishtowel) while you cook. the rest of the lot. The towel helps keep the steam in to finish cooking the pancakes.”
I understand. Out of measuring cups of flour tea…