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Traditional Scottish Tablet

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Published: 17 Jan 2013      

This recipe is originally my mother in laws, however I've taken my own twist with it, increasing the sugar and adding vanilla and removing the butter to create a perfect tablet every time that's easy for anyone to create. It melts in your mouth and is bursting with sweetness; the slight hint of vanilla is an added bonus that leaves for a great aftertaste.


Serves: 8

50g                 butter (for greasing)

150ml             full fat milk

500g               granulated sugar

397g               condensed milk

2 tsps              vanilla extract


Prep: 20 mins            Cook: 45 mins

  1. Liberally grease a 25mm deep baking tray. Set aside.
  2. Add the milk and granulated sugar to a large cooking pan, and heat on a high heat until sugar dissolves.
  3. Pour the condensed milk into the mixture, and cook over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until it thickens, 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. When the mixture has thickened it will turn a darkened yellow to light brown colour, and         should start to bubble and look like a pitted moon base. Add the 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract.
  5. Take it off the heat, and stir constantly at a fast pace until it thickens and starts to turn brown, 10 to 15 minutes. It should start coming away from the bottom of the pan and     stick to the wooden spoon.
  6. Pour into the greased tray - Place this to the side to cool for 15 minutes.
  7. After 15 minutes it should be cool enough to cut into bite size pieces. Do this with a sharp knife then leave to cool for a further 5 to 10 minutes.
  8. It should be cool enough to then remove from the tray with your butter knife. 

Now its ready to eat!