UPDATE: The first Buckingham Palace garden party of the year was held yesterday, May 12, 2022. Princess Anne hosted in the Queen’s absence. In honor of Queen Elizabeth, here is her scone recipe. This post was very popular the first time around in 2020, so I’m repeating it for those who didn’t see it the first time, or who would like to try their hand at baking the Queen’s scones.
Every year the Queen holds four garden parties (three at Buckingham Palace and one at Holyroodhouse in Scotland) to honor thousands of her subjects (30,000 people in all!) Sadly, the 2020 garden parties were postponed, but the palace released the recipe used for the garden party scones as a consolation prize. The recipe follows the video.
500 g Plain Flour (17.6 ounces, or roughly 4 cups)
28 g Baking Powder (5.5 teaspoons)
94 g Butter (6.6 tablespoons)
86 g Sugar (6 tablespoons)
2 Whole Eggs
140 ml Butter Milk (0.6 cup)
100 g Sultanas – soaked for 30 minutes in hot water (3.5 ounces)
Preheat oven to 180ºC (356 degrees F).
Mix the flour, baking powder, butter and sugar together in a bowl, until a crumb is formed. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and buttermilk together.
Add the liquid to the crumb mixture. Continue to mix the dough, until it is smooth.
Add the sultanas, and mix until evenly distributed.
Remove the dough from the bowl, flatten the dough and cover. Leave to rest for approximately 30 minutes.
Roll out the dough to a thickness of 2.5 cm ( 1.0 inch) and cut to desired shape.
Rest the scones for another 20 minutes. Gently egg wash the top of the scones.
Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
Cool before serving with jam and clotted cream.
Recipe courtesy of: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second
Attendance at one of the Queen’s garden parties is by invitation only. You can’t ask for an invitation. Guests are there to be recognized for extraordinary contributions to their communities. You might not be able to ask to be on the list, but you can ask to be a guest of a guest! Every invitee gets to bring a plus one to the plush event.
Around 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are served at each garden party, with more than 100,000 saucers of tea served at the parties each year. The Queen favors Twining tea; Earl Grey is her favorite, and sometimes Darjeeling. It’s just a coincident, but guess which two teas are stocked – right now – in my pantry?
the Queen loves a British confection called jam pennies. They are tiny raspberry jam sandwiches cut into circles the size of an English penny.
There is a very explicit dress code. Men wear casual or lounge suits, while women wear a conservative dress with a hat. Military uniforms are also often worn.