A Scottish Speciality – Tablet

For any non-Scottish readers, tablet is a sort of fudgy sweet (but so much nicer than fudge) which is a bit of a tradition here.  My Grandma always gave us some for birthdays and at random other times.  Here’s how to make it:

  • 1 kg granulated sugar (I use the raw cane stuff because it’s not refined, therefore healthier – a bit of an oxymoron having the word “healthy” associated with this recipe though)
  • 1 cup full fat milk
  • 110g butter (unsalted)
  • 1 tin (397g) of condensed milk
  • Vanilla extract

Lightly grease a baking tray.  In a large pan, over a medium heat melt the sugar and butter into the milk, stirring constantly.  Once the mixture is nice and smooth and melted bring to the boil, then add the condensed milk and boil for another 15-20 minutes until a dark golden colour, still stirring constantly.  Remove the pan from the heat, add a few dashes of vanilla extract and beat with a wooden spoon for 15-2 minutes until really thick (almost the consistency of smooth peanut butter) – this will not be the happiest 20 minutes for your arm, so if you can rope anyone into helping you, you’re luckier than me.  When you’re happy with the consistency, pour into the baking tray and leave to cool.  After 10 or 15 minutes score the cooling tablet with a knife – I tend to do squares of around 2.5cm (1″).  When the tablet has cooled quite a bit put it in the fridge for half an hour to help it harden up then remove from fridge and cut into your score marks.  It’s now ready to eat and perfect for sharing with sweet-toothed friends.

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3 thoughts on “A Scottish Speciality – Tablet

  1. This looks delicious, Lisa. I could just fancy some of it now!!!

    I wonder how many calories you burn making it?

  2. Looks yummy Lisa.

    I guess you have to stir it constantly while it boils too? Can you do the beating bit in a food mixer?

  3. You do indeed have to stir constantly, Net.

    Not sure about the food mixer – have always wondered and when I get a new one with a metal bowl I think I’ll try it (atm only have a processor since my last mixer blew up and it’s pretty useless for beating & cakes)

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