Scottish Tablet has a long history, first noted in The Household Book of Lady Grisell Baillie in the early 18th century. It’s a very sweet & sugary melt in the mouth type of sweet treat and is often served in Scotland after a meal with the tea & coffee.
I made a huge batch of it the day before my daughter Rebecca’s wedding to be served after the meal and it was a huge hit with all the guests.
Growing up my mum baked constantly and I always remember coming in from school to the smell of freshly baked biscuits & cakes but it was always my dads job to make the tablet! The recipe he used was one with condensed milk and I’ve tried using it a few times but it never turned out well for me. As my husband is from Cullen in the north of Scotland we lived there after we were married and my mother in law gave me her recipe to try. It worked perfectly and I’ve used it now for the last 25 years and it’s always a favourite with everyone.
1kg bag granulated sugar
410g tin of evaporated milk
100g unsalted butter
half cap full of good quality vanilla extract
Melt butter & vanilla extract then add evaporated milk and stir through before adding sugar and stirring well. Bring to the boil slowly stirring most of the time and once it bubbles up leave it boiling while stirring most of the time for around 30-40 minutes until it starts to thicken and turns a darker colour. Then remove from heat and beat well with wooden spoon until thick and pour into baking tray and mark into squares.
Once it’s cooled break up into the marked squares and try not to eat it all at once! 😋