Go Back
Scottish Tablets
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins

A lusciously sweet confection typical to Scotland. 

Course: Dessert, Sweet
Cuisine: Scotland
Keyword: confection
Author: Rapti B
  • 5 cups Caster sugar
  • 9 tablespoons Unsalted butter
  • 250 milliliter Full fat milk
  • 350 milliliter Condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  1. Drag out the deepest heavy-bottom pan in your kitchen, place it on low flame, plop in the butter and let it melt. Add the sugar, salt, milk and stir until sugar dissolves completely. This is very important. The sugar has to dissolve completely for the tablet to set.
  2. Bring to a boil and simmer on high heat for around 6-8 minutes. Meanwhile, layer a tray with baking parchment and keep aside.
  3. Keep stirring but don’t scrape the sides of your pan. I did both and ended up with little burnt caramel-y brown bits in my tablet.
  4. Turn the heat down, add the condensed milk and stir. Allow the mix to simmer for about 15 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  5. This is about the time when you need to start checking if the mixture will set.
  6. Experts suggest using a thermometer to check whether the mixture is done. I don’t have one. So I used the method suggested by Maa. Drizzle a few drops on a cold surface, give it a few minutes. If it sets and comes off with a push then the mixture is done.
  7. Remove from the heat, add the vanilla and beat vigorously for around 10 minutes. The mixture needs to be thick but pour-able.
  8. Once it has reached the desired consistency, pour it into the tray. Allow it to set for 20 minutes before scoring squares – or other shapes. Leave it out to dry for a few hours. And then gobble away.
Recipe Notes
  • If using salted butter, skip the salt.
  • Adding vanilla is optional.
  • If you don't have caster sugar, replace with coarsely ground granulated sugar; the result is much better.