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.