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Scottish Tablet

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Serves 1 - 24 Pieces

A real treat for the sweet tooth but also fantastic with coffee or just an energy boost.

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  • 1/4 pint water
  • 175g unsalted butter
  • 1lb caster sugar
  • 75g sweetened condensed milk


    1. Using a fairly large pan, heat the water, melt the butter into the hot water. Before the water reaches the boil, add and thoroughly disolve the sugar. stir often
    2. bring the water to the boil and then allow to simmer. When simmering, add the condensed milk. the mixture will be a very light, creamy colour
    3. Stirring (very) often, allow the mixture to thicken until it is a deep caramel colour, the texture/consistency of the mixture will change quickly after around 20mins, maybe as long as 30mins from a watery simmer to a thicker bubbling. (the colour may also darken quickly at this point). This is where a large pan is handy as the mixture tends to rise a bit when simmering.
    4. to test the mixture, drop a little onto a cold side plate, it should not run and should be thick and sticky after 30 seconds.
    5. remove from heat and beat mixture for a good 10 mins. pour mixture into a shallow sided tray (10"x6") there should be enough mixture for it to be about 1cm thick. Allow to cool for 30mins, even in the freezer. slice and enjoy. (If the mixture does not set, you can bring it back to a simmer and give it a further 5 mins or so)

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Comments (20)

pippachoc's picture

Can't believe in such a simple recipe that there is so much room for error!! Thought I was a competent cook, but obviously didn't cook for long enough (was at it for 45-50 mins), tested as per cold plate and went for the beating (used machine), poured in tin...waited till set....saw it hadn't...scraped everything back in pan...more heat and stirring...darkened more....plate, do we beat again? I did, but after a few minutes had crumbly mix which I then had to press into tin pronto. Learnt then, whilst moving spoon sideways that it was thixotropic (good word eh?!) but the side effect is that the butter rushes to top. FOR GOODNESS SAKE. So blotted it off, put the ruddy mess into fridge and later cut it into squares (got loads by the way, about double the suggestion of 24) So, of course it's going to taste OK...sugar, butter condensed milk, but for me I like a crumbly, hard bite and I have something a little softer. Married to a Scot, so I know I'm off the mark here as to how it should be. Would love a temperature to attain before taking off the heat. Also, we have a complete mixture of measurements from pints, to grams to pounds.....but obviously this worked for so must be me. I can take that.

sashaspfh's picture

Good recipe and easy to follow. Takes ages to thicken tho. Thank you for it!

megzoz's picture

Worked perfectly really easy to follow would definitely recommend this recipe

clairef89's picture

Worked very well. Thanks for the recipe.

mrsparker12's picture

Great recipe! Made this as a Halloween treat for the kids and it turned out perfect, just how I remeber it tasting. I didn't need to beat for 10mins at the end as it began to set, also used slightly more condensed milk (100g). Will definitely make it again

SalemaLovesBaking's picture

I just made this and it turned out amazingly! So pleased.

I added 150g of condensed milk though because I didn't think it would be creamy enough.

catwill79's picture

as scots living abroad i wanted a taste of home. my tablet turned out perfect which amazed me as im not known for my baking skills! great recipe.

kylaila's picture

I loved this recipe it was easy to make and follow instructions. I made it with lurpak salted butter as I didn't have unsalted, but it tastes amazing.

UglyGeezer's picture

It isn't a great recipe, sorry.

Far too little condensed milk, no milk or cream and far too much butter.

It produces a hard, greasy tablet.

Tablet fondant should be much softer.'s picture

I found that it really didn't need mixing for the whole 10 minutes (maybe only 3) at the end before pouring out otherwise it would have just set in crumbs, but other than that, this is a fantastic recipe, thank you so much for sharing!

keri1983's picture

Finally i've found a tablet recipe that actually works,it turned out perfect!My kids loved it especially!

amelia69's picture

this was really easy and worked just as the recipe said. delicious.

scarymamma's picture

I first made tablet by accident - I made fudge and it went wrong, the sugar crystallised out of solution making a grainy textured fudge i.e. tablet. I'd never heard of the stuff until I gave some of the gone wrong fudge to my MiL who said, this isn't fudge it's tablet. I will make tablet proper this time and give her some for Christmas!

pappybilly's picture

thanks chris will give it a try

darby64's picture

Easy to follow recipe with perfect results. Had tried to make tablet before and it was a disaster, but this time it turned out just like my granny's. Is very labour and time intensive, though - I was beating and stirring for a good 40 minutes. But worth the effort! Will try adding a few drops of vanilla essence next time

sashaspfh's picture

Ye it improves the taste so much more if u add the vanilla. Encouraging that u had to stir for 40 mins tho! Ours took for Ever!

weekobiela's picture

I haven't made tablet since I was about 5 - and my mum helped me ! What I really want to make is a white chocolate and cardamom tablet but I don't know how to combine the extra ingredients, any ideas ?

sashaspfh's picture

Maybe crush the cardamon.melt the chocolate and maybe a bit of butter in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water. When it has melted mix them together and add to the mix. Never tried, just a guess.

whistlestopinn's picture

first time I've made this, fab and easy recipe. And such a joy to taste before wrapping for xmas prezzies.

chrispbell's picture

I forgot to mention, use a fairly large pan as the mixture does tend to rise up the pan when simmering.

Questions (2)

cracker4marley's picture

Mine has turned to what can only be described as 'sand'. What have I done wrong. It's stayed a light colour too. One minute it was simmering I was stirring then it's gone from liquid to crystallisation before test plating.
I've pressed it into a tin to see what happens.

mcsian's picture

Hi how much tablet does it make on average? If possible weight-wise as I understand depth of trays vary :)

Tips (1)

sashaspfh's picture

Add vanilla essence for an even better taste!