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Scottish Tablet

Traditional Scottish Tablet

An easy recipe for Scottish tablet - an old fashioned, crumbly sweet treat!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Scottish
Keyword Scottish Tablet recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Author Nickki Thompson


  • 125 g salted butter
  • 2 lb 900g - really! granulated sugar
  • 250 ml whole milk
  • One 397g tin condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Melt the butter in a large, heavy based pan over a low heat. Tip in the sugar and milk and keeping the heat low, allow the sugar to dissolve, stirring occasionally. When everything has melted together and there are absolutely no grains of sugar left, add the condensed milk and slowly bring to the boil, stirring constantly.
  • If you have a sugar thermometer, the setting point is 120c. Otherwise, keep a cup of cold water by the side of the hob. To test the tablet, drop a small piece into the water. If it forms into a soft ball, it's ready.
  • Now for the part where you'll need a bitof muscle - take off the heat, stir in the vanilla extract and beat vigorously for about ten minutes, or until the tablet is thicker and slightly grainy in texture. I've heard of some people using a mixer for this step which would save you from getting sore and tired arms!
  • Tip into the lined tin and smooth out as best as you can. I find a silicone spatula is best here.
  • Leave to set and cut into small squares.