Tablet is an original Scottish confectionery. There are a number of variations on the recipe and the method. Some miss out stage 6 below, giving the tablet a smooth finish instead of the rough (and more authentic) texture and appearance shown here.
» 500g/18oz/2 cups granulated
» 60g/2oz/one quarter cup butter.
» 3½ tablespoons condensed milk.
» 170ml/6 floz/three quarters cup water.
1. Grease a tin.
2. Place all the ingredients in a large saucepan and heat until the butter has melted and sugar has dissolved.
3. Bring the mixture to the boil. It is important to stir continuously at this point so the mixture doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.
4. Bring the mixture down to simmer for approximately 10 minutes. The mixture should be thick and the colour should have turned from white to caramel.
5. Take the pan from the hob and place it on a heat resistant surface for about 5 minutes.
6. After the 5 minutes beat the mixture really hard. At this point it will start to set.
7. Before the mixture sets, use a wooden spoon to transfer it into the prepared tin. You will find it sets almost straight away.
8. Before it has completely set, cut the tablet into bitesize pieces and leave it to cool and set hard for 5 minutes.
9. Take the pieces from the tin and store them in an airtight container.