In August 1959, Queen Elizabeth invited President and First Lady Eisenhower to Balmoral Castle in Scotland to return the favor after she traveled to the United States two years prior. While the conversation within the walls of the castle are unknown, we do know that President Eisenhower especially enjoyed one item on the menu – drop scones. In her letter to the President on January 24, 1960, Queen Elizabeth gives some helpful hits on making this family recipe.
Jan. 24th, 1960
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 which I promised you at Balmoral.
I now hasten to do so, and I do hope you will find them successful. Though the quantities are for 16 people, when there are fewer, I generally put in less flour and milk, but use the other ingredients as stated. I have also tried using golden syrup or treacle instead of only sugar and that can be very good, too. I think the mixture needs a great deal of beating while making, and shouldn’t stand about too long before cooking.
We have followed with intense interest and much admiration your tremendous journey to so many countries, but feel we shall never again be able to claim that we are being made to do too much on our future tours!
We remember with such pleasure your visit to Balmoral, and I hope the photograph will be a reminder of the very happy day you spent with us.
With all good wishes to you and Mrs Eisenhower.