I’ve made Tablet several times in the last few years and I just realized that I’ve never actually written down the recipe here for my own reference. So here we go, the official ingredients and instructions that I use to make the ultimate Scottish Tablet.
2 cups granulated sugar (500g)
1/4 cup butter (60g)
3½ Tbsp condensed milk
3/4 cup milk (170ml)
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside
Place all ingredients into a large saucepan over medium heat — milk on the bottom followed by butter, sugar and condensed milk — until butter and sugar have melted and dissolved.
Keep stirring evenly until the mixture comes to the boil, then turn down heat.
Stir occasionally to stop things from sticking and let simmer until you achieve a beautiful light tan colour. (*1)
Once colour has been achieved, immediately remove from the heat and beat with a wooden spoon to aerate the mixture until you feel graininess on the bottom, then beat like mad and pour into prepared sheet before it sets in the pot. (*2)
Spread out tablet as best as you can onto the cookie sheet before tablet completely sets. (*3)
Let tablet set a few moments then use a knife to cut into bite-sized pieces and let cool completely.
Store in an airtight container.
1) You will notice that once all the water has boiled out of the mixture, the bubbles will die down considerably and it will start to thicken — make sure to keep an eye at this point because it’s where the colour will start to change and you will have to be at the ready to stir like mad!
2) The mixture will foam up like a beast when you stop stiring, when it does this, stir a few more times for good measure to get the graininess and then pour as fast as you can into your prepared pan, scraping everything out of the pot before it sets!
3) This stuff sets faster than you can blink, so don’t hesitate at any point, just pour and spread as fast as you can!