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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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20th Aug, 2018
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
30th Jan, 2018
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.
4th Dec, 2016
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!
11th Nov, 2016
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.
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29th Oct, 2016
Good recipe and easy to follow. Takes ages to thicken tho. Thank you for it!
28th Apr, 2016
Worked perfectly really easy to follow would definitely recommend this recipe
11th Apr, 2015
Worked very well. Thanks for the recipe.
29th Oct, 2014
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
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.
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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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.
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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29th Oct, 2016
Add vanilla essence for an even better taste!