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Scottish tablet

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins plus cooling

Easy

Makes 20-25 pieces

Make this Scottish tablet as a sweet treat for family and friends – it makes a lovely gift. Tablet is similar to fudge, but with a more crumbly texture

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per piece (25)

  • kcal133
  • fat6g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs20g
  • sugars20g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0.3g
  • salt0.01g
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Ingredients

  • 175g unsalted butter
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  • 450g caster sugar
  • 75g sweetened condensed milk

Method

  1. Line a 22 x 18cm tray with baking parchment. Put the butter and 150ml water in a pan over a low heat, and melt the butter (don't let the water boil). Tip in the sugar and dissolve, stirring often.

     

  2. Bring the water to the boil, turn down to a simmer, then add the condensed milk. The mixture will be a light creamy colour. 

  3. Cook for 20-30 mins, stirring often, until the mixture is thick and a deep caramel colour.

  4. To test, drop a little mixture onto a cold side plate, it should not run and should be thick and sticky after 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and beat for 10-15 mins until it has slightly thickened. Pour into the prepared tin and leave to cool for 30 mins before cutting into squares. 

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dickson05
20th Aug, 2018
5.05
Perfect tablet. My Mum used to make this all the time and, until now, I've struggled with it. Followed this recipe very closely and, although it was quite hard work constantly stirring the mixture, the results were worth it. Many thanks
littlelottle
30th Jan, 2018
2.05
Only worked once out of four attempts for me - twice it crumbled into sand after a couple of minutes of beating, once the butter separated from it and it ended up as a hard block of tablet-flavoured sugar, and once it did make some decent tablet (although it wasn't as creamy as I was hoping, probably due to the surprisingly small amount of condensed milk). Might be my cooking skills, but I haven't had the same issue with other tablet recipes, so I'm not sure I can recommend it unless you know what you're doing.
pippachoc
4th Dec, 2016
5.05
Sorry about previous comment...far too long! Upshot is that it is totally delicious, made loads and am about to make more for Christmas now I know timings, colours etc!
pippachoc
11th Nov, 2016
5.05
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 test.....now, 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 many...it must be me. I can take that.
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sashaspfh
29th Oct, 2016
Good recipe and easy to follow. Takes ages to thicken tho. Thank you for it!
megzoz
28th Apr, 2016
Worked perfectly really easy to follow would definitely recommend this recipe
clairef89
11th Apr, 2015
5.05
Worked very well. Thanks for the recipe.
mrsparker12
29th Oct, 2014
5.05
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
30th Nov, 2013
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
25th Nov, 2013
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.

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cracker4marley
7th Dec, 2014
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
22nd Apr, 2014
Hi how much tablet does it make on average? If possible weight-wise as I understand depth of trays vary :)
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sashaspfh
29th Oct, 2016
Add vanilla essence for an even better taste!
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