Scottish Tablet is not as it sounds—something to write on. It is a sweet Scottish, fudge-like, extremely sugary candy. Scottish tablet contains sugar, butter, and condensed milk and as you can see in this recipe, is easy to make. Warning though—it is seriously moreish if you have a sweet tooth.
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- 1 pint/500 milliliters milk
- 8 ounces/225 grams butter (chopped into pieces)
- 4 pounds/1.8 kilograms sugar (superfine/caster)
- 1 pound/450 grams condensed milk
- Optional: flavorings as desired*
Butter a 12-by-4-inch or 7-inch square tin.
In a large, deep pan saucepan (4-pint minimum but preferably larger), heat the milk to a low simmer then add the butter. Stir until melted.
Add the sugar and stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Raise the heat to high and bring the sugar to a hard boil for 5 minutes, stirring all the time to prevent the sugar from sticking and burning. If you have a thermometer take the temperature to 250 F (also known as hard ball stage in candy and toffee making).
Slowly add the condensed milk. Be careful; the sugar is at a high temperature and may splatter. Stir well, then lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. The mixture will bubble and resemble a moon crater; keep cooking. The mixture will also start to slightly darken.
Once the mixture is visibly thickened, remove the pan from the stove and beat the mixture vigorously for 5 to 10 minutes; you could use an electric mixer here as it will save your arm from aching.
Add any optional flavorings.
Pour into the greased pan.
When the tablet is cool, but still soft, cut into 1-inch squares; you can even put the pan in the freezer to make sure it is completely cold.
Wrap in greaseproof paper and store in an airtight tin.
- For this recipe, you will need a heavy-based, minimum 2 liter/4-pint saucepan. But, if you have a larger one, use it. Since the Scottish tablet reaches a rolling boil and, sometimes if you have the heat even a fraction too high, the mixture can swell up quickly and boil over. A larger pan will make it safer.
- This recipe reaches very high temperatures and we recommend you do not make this with children around.
- Tablet can be flavored as desired by simply adding a few drops flavoring; favorites include peppermint, whisky, or vanilla.