Learn the secrets to making Queen Elizabeth’s favourite pancakes – this royal pancakes recipe comes directly from the palace chefs! Simple to make British-style pancakes with a few different toppings to make sure you never get bored!
What is the Royal Pancake recipe?
You might be thinking that I’m joking when I say I got this recipe from Queen Elizabeth’s palace chefs. But I’m not. The royal pancake recipe was actually released on the official Royals website back in February 2021 to celebrate Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day.
For the most part, this is a standard British pancake recipe (think: closer to crepes, than fluffy American pancakes), but what sets this one apart from others is the use of brown butter (beurre noisette) to add a little flavour and moisture to the pancakes.
While Queen Elizabeth has passed on, this delicious pancake recipe continues to make us smile.
What did the Queen have on her pancakes?
According to the royal chefs, there are three different toppings that Queen Elizabeth would regularly enjoy with her pancakes:
Classic Lemon & Sugar Pancakes
Simply dust your cooked pancakes with sugar, and drizzle on some lemon juice.
Jam & Cream
Once your royal pancakes have cooled, whip up some double cream (known as, heavy cream or whipping cream in North America). Start by spreading a layer of fruit jam (the Royal website suggests raspberry), and then spread some whipped cream on top. Fold your pancakes into quarters, garnish with fresh berries, and enjoy! (In case you haven’t guessed, this is my favourite version.)
Ham, Leek & Cheese
This is a savoury version of the Queen’s pancake breakfast. It changes things up by adding ham, leeks, chives, and gruyere cheese. It also involves a slightly amended pancake recipe. Overall, it’s so different from the other variations, that I consider it a different recipe.
The below shows the ingredients required for the pancakes only. If you choose to create one of the topping options, you may have a couple more ingredients!
- Plain (all-purpose) flour
- White sugar
- Egg yolks
- Whole milk
How to make the Queen’s pancakes
Making the royal pancake recipe is actually quite a standard process. The only thing that sets it apart from any other traditional pancake recipe is the inclusion of beurre noisette – I’ll walk you through how to make the pancakes as well as the butter.
How to make beurre noisette
Beurre noisette (which literally translates to “hazelnut butter” in French, but is better known as ‘brown butter’ in North America) is fairly quick and easy to make. It involves gently cooking your butter (just regular ol’ butter…no fancy substitutes please!) until it becomes lightly golden. This happens due to the water content being cooked off, and the milk solids separating to the bottom of the pan.
Lower your heat to cook gently (and be careful of the hot butter spitting up from your pan). Set aside to cool once you have a nutty brown colour.
How to make the royal pancake recipe
Making the queen’s chefs’ pancake recipe is a straightforward affair once your brown butter has been prepared. Start by preparing the pancake batter – gently mix the salt, flour, eggs, and sugar to prepare a smooth batter. Mix in the milk in stages, and finally stir in the prepared beurre noisette.
Scoop the batter into a hot pan with some melted butter, and cook on low-medium heat until cooked, flip gently and cook the other side.
If you like what I’m doing here, and you want to help, why not go ahead and become a Patron? You can support Chocolates & Chai for as little as the price of a cup of coffee!
Royal pancake tips
One of my favourite things about this style of pancake is that they are generally less finicky than fluffy American-style pancakes. While you do want to be mindful when you’re preparing the batter, you don’t need to be as particular. Here are three top tips to making pancakes fit for royalty:
A smooth batter is not the same as a runny batter. While you don’t need to be super worried about accidentally overmixing this pancake batter, you still want to ensure you maintain some air. Simple answer: don’t blend your batter, just gently stir it together with a spatula. If you’re using a whisk, you should still be fine…just don’t go crazy. Okay, bestie?
Fresh ingredients are key. With all simple recipes, you want to use the freshest ingredients possible. So in this case, make sure to opt for nice fresh berries – it can make all the difference!
Whole milk please. You may be tempted to switch out whole/full-fat milk for skimmed milk or almond milk. Don’t. The flavour and texture that the fat in whole milk provides is unparalleled. Should you change the milk, will you still get pancakes? Yes. Just not as good.
While the royal chefs’ pancake recipe does provide three (or really, two) topping suggestions, here are a few more in case you really want to make this recipe your own:
- Instead of raspberry jam, opt for a layer of your favourite jam instead. (For me, that means, strawberry jam.)
- Melted chocolate works on just about any sweet breakfast recipe. And it’ll work here too.
- Lemon wedges (or lemon juice) aren’t the only citrus fruit out there. If you like a bit of tang but aren’t a lemon fan, try using orange zest instead.
- Feel free to add a little powdered sugar to any of the sweet variations. Or to swap out the granulated sugar in the lemon-sugar version to powder sugar. (This is actually what I did in the photos and recipe video. Why? Because I think it’s prettier.)
- If you fancy savoury pancakes, I’d recommend starting with something like these lentil pancakes.
The link below is an affiliate link. This means that if you choose to purchase using it, I will receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you). These small commissions help keep Chocolates & Chai going. Thank you.
Luckily, it doesn’t take much equipment to make perfect pancakes. It is however a lovely feeling to have all the right equipment. Here are a few little things that might make your pancake-making experience just that much sweeter.
- Silver Dollar Pancake Pan – if you want your pancakes to all look exactly the same.
- Zwilling J.A. Henckels Marquina Non-Stick Frying Pan – a good pan is crucial to properly cooking pancakes, and this one is sure to please.
And that’s it for today. What are your thoughts? Are these pancakes fit for a king (or queen)? Let me know in the comments below.Print