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Scottish Tablet Recipe
Many fine things have come from Scotland - black pudding, haggis, shortbread, lorne square sausage, Irn Bru and last but not least - Me! No, seriously I am referring to Scottish Tablet. "What is tablet?" I hear you cry. Well, it's a very sweet, sugary, crumbly, calorie-packed taste of candy heaven.
My English fiancé and his family had never heard of it before I whipped up a batch for them to sample. Being Scottish and living in England has one major drawback - you can't pop to the shops and buy a bar, instead I have to make my own!
Please note that this recipe was written without the permission of my dentist, who is probably rubbing his hands together at the thought of what my next bill will be.
1 teacup of whole fat milk
1 tin of condensed milk (400g)
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
100g of unsalted butter
900g of granulated sugar!! - no this isn't a mistake!
What you will need:
Large non-stick saucepan.
Wooden spoon (for stirring and licking afterwards!)
Shallow rectangular baking tin with approx 1 inch sides.
Cup of cold water (for testing mixture).
- Grease the baking tin.
- In the saucepan, add the sugar and pour on the milk until covered.
- Add the butter, condensed milk and vanilla essence.
- Bring to the boil on a medium - high heat.
- Stir continuously until the mixture boils. (this takes approximately 15-20 mins.)
- Turn heat down to low and allow to simmer for a further 20 minutes.
- Stir regularly.
- Once the mixture starts to darken to a butterscotch colour, it is ready to test.
- To test, use a teaspoon and put a little of the mix into a cup of cold water. It should form a ball and fall slowly from the spoon when it is ready.
- Remove from the heat and stir continuously until you feel the mixture start to stiffen slightly, making it more difficult to stir.
- Pour into the baking tin to cool. (You may need to spoon some of the mixture in as it will start to stiffen quickly now.
- Allow to cool for approx 1 hour and lightly mark the tablet into bite sized squares.
- The tablet will take a further 4 or 5 hours to cool and set completely, so leave it alone and go and do something else for a while!
- Cut into squares and place on a plate ready to share (or not!)
Please note that if you were on a diet - forget it!
A sweet little gift
Homemade tablet is often given as a gift in Scotland. You could surprise your friends and family by giving them a few squares in a little gift box tied with ribbon. Alternatively, place several pieces in cellophane and decorate with ribbon or a bow.