Queen Elizabeth II's Drop Scones

  • Yield: 16 servings


4 teacups flour
4tablespoons caster sugar
2 teacups milk
2 whole eggs
2teaspoons bi-carbonate soda
3teaspoons cream of tartar
2tablespoons melted butter


  1. Beat eggs, sugar and about half the milk together, add flour, and mix well together adding remainder of milk as required, also bi-carbonate and cream of tartar, fold in the melted butter.

–Recipe courtesy of the National Archives. Ingredients, measurements, and instructions remain accurate to historical records. The Queen’s handwritten recipe merely says the recipe serves 16 people. To prepare, preheat oven to 375F. Once dough is mixed, drop by tablespoon-sized onto a prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.