Sweet Delight: Scottish Tablet Recipe for Dessert Lovers

Are you ready for a taste of Scotland? Look no further than this traditional homemade Scottish tablet recipe. If you’re not familiar with Scottish tablet, think of it as the Scottish cousin to fudge- a crumbly, melt-in-your-mouth confection made with sugar, condensed milk, and butter.

Now, let me tell you why this recipe is so special. Firstly, it’s simple and straightforward to make- anyone can try their hand at creating this delicious treat. Secondly, the ingredients are easily accessible and affordable, so you won’t be breaking the bank making a batch.

But the real reason why you’ll want to make this Scottish tablet recipe is because it’s simply irresistible. The combination of sweetened condensed milk and extra finely granulated sugar creates a texture that melts in your mouth like butter. Trust me when I say that once you’ve tasted this pillowy softness in your mouth, you’ll be hooked for life.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your apron and let’s start creating our own homemade Scottish tablet- with a little bit of tradition and a whole lot of deliciousness.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Scottish Tablet II
Scottish Tablet II

Are you looking for a simple yet indulgent dessert that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth? Look no further than this Scottish Tablet recipe! I promise you, it will melt in your mouth and leave you wanting more.

First of all, why Scottish Tablet? Well, this traditional homemade treat has been enjoyed by Scots for generations – so not only will you be indulging in a delicious dessert, but you’ll also be experiencing a piece of Scottish culture. Plus, who doesn’t love homemade sweets?

Now onto the recipe itself. With just a few ingredients – sweetened condensed milk, extra-finely granulated sugar, water, and unsalted butter – this recipe is easy to put together. Not to mention, the end result is so much better than anything store-bought.

What really makes this recipe stand out is the use of sweetened condensed milk instead of regular sugar. The condensed milk adds a rich creaminess that can’t be achieved with plain sugar alone. Trust me, it’s what makes this tablet fudge so special.

But what’s truly remarkable about Scottish Tablet is its texture. It’s like fudge but with a crumblier bite that just melts in your mouth seamlessly. You won’t believe how addictive it is – I guarantee that each bite will make your taste buds dance with delight.

So give this homemade Scottish Tablet recipe a try! It may seem simple at first glance, but trust me, it’s packed with flavor and tradition that’s sure to make it a family favorite.

Ingredient List

“A perfect treat for any occasion, this Scottish Tablet II is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth”

Recipe Ingredients

To make Traditional Homemade Scottish Tablet, you’ll need:

  • 1 kg (2½ lbs) of Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 125 g (4.4 oz) of Unsalted Butter, diced
  • 250 ml (8.45 fl oz) of Whole Milk
  • 397g (14 oz) Tin of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 tsp of Vanilla Extract

Substitutions and Variations

If you can’t find extra-fine granulated sugar, you can use caster sugar or superfine sugar, but the texture of the tablet may vary slightly.

You can also experiment with different flavors by adding a tablespoon of orange zest to the mixture, or by replacing the vanilla extract with almond extract.

It’s important to note that changing the recipe may affect the texture and consistency of the tablet.

The Recipe How-To

“Buttery, rich and irresistibly delicious, this traditional Scottish confectionery is a must-try”

Are you ready to make the traditional homemade Scottish Tablet? Let’s get started!


  • 900g caster sugar
  • 250ml whole milk
  • 110g unsalted butter, diced
  • 1 x 397g tin sweetened condensed milk


Step 1: Take a large heavy-bottomed pan and melt butter over low heat.

Step 2: Add milk and stir well.

Step 3: Add sweetened condensed milk, and then gradually add caster sugar while stirring continuously. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil, while stirring frequently.

Step 4: Reduce the heat to low and simmer slowly for about 20-25 minutes or until the mixture becomes thick and changes color to light brown.

Step 5: Remove from heat and beat the mixture quickly, vigorously, off the heat until it starts to thicken (about 10 minutes).

Step 6: Transfer the mixture into a lined tray, and smooth out evenly. Leave it aside for around half an hour till it starts to cool down, but don’t leave it too long that it gets too hard.

Step 7: Cut into small pieces while it’s still warm, but not too hot.

Congratulations, you have made perfect Scottish Tablet!

Substitutions and Variations

“Prepare to indulge in a mouth-watering experience with every bite of this sugary goodness”

One of the great things about recipes is their versatility. While traditional Scottish tablet recipes usually rely on sugar, condensed milk, and butter, there’s always room to experiment with different substitutes and variations. Here are some ideas:

– Sugar: If you don’t have extra finely granulated sugar or caster sugar, you could use regular granulated sugar or even brown sugar as a substitute. Just keep in mind that the texture and sweetness may be different.

– Milk: Whole milk is traditionally used in Scottish tablet recipes, but you could experiment with different types of milk such as almond milk or coconut milk for a unique twist. Keep in mind that the texture and flavor may differ slightly.

– Butter: Unsalted butter works best in this recipe, but you could use salted butter if that’s all you have on hand. Some cooks also like to use margarine or vegetable shortening instead of butter for a slightly different texture.

– Flavorings: Traditional Scottish tablet recipes often use vanilla extract for flavoring, but you could also try adding other extracts such as almond or rum extract. You could also add in other ingredients such as chopped nuts or dried fruit for some added texture and flavor.

Remember, substitutions and variations can be great ways to customize your recipe to your liking, but make sure to keep track of any changes you make so that you can replicate it successfully next time!

Serving and Pairing

“The perfect balance of sweetness and creaminess, this Scottish Tablet II is a heavenly delight”

Now, it’s time to enjoy your freshly made Scottish Tablet! This classic Scottish treat is perfect for sharing with friends and family.

Serve the Scottish Tablet on a platter or in a decorative tin that will impress your guests. You can also wrap the individual pieces in wax paper and add them to a candy dish for a more elegant presentation.

This sweet treat pairs well with a cup of tea or coffee, making it the ultimate afternoon snack. It’s also great as a dessert after a hearty Scottish meal.

For an extra indulgent experience, try serving the Scottish Tablet with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top. The rich and creamy texture of the ice cream complements the melt-in-your-mouth texture of the tablet fudge.

Overall, serving and pairing Scottish Tablet is simple as it is very versatile. Experiment with different combinations until you find your perfect pairing!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“A simple yet decadent dessert that will impress even the toughest of critics”

One amazing thing about Scottish Tablet is that you can make it ahead of time and store it away for when you need a quick sweet treat. To make sure your tablet stays fresh, store it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. You can also store it in the fridge for longer shelf life.

If you choose to make your homemade Scottish Tablet in advance and freeze for later, wrap the pieces tightly in cling film or aluminum foil and place them in a freezer-safe container. Frozen Scottish Tablet can last up to 3 months, and they will be just as delicious as the day you made them.

To reheat frozen Scottish Tablet pieces, remove from the freezer and let sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before unwrapping. Then reheat the tablet pieces in a microwave oven or over low heat until heated through, without overcooking.

When reheating fresh Scottish Tablet, take much care not to overcook them. This could cause them to crystallize or become grainy which will detract from their smooth textures inside your mouth.

And that’s it! Perfect Scotch Tablet each time – with these practical tips on how to make-ahead, store, and reheat these delicacies detailed above you’ll have a scrumptious homemade treat even while busy.

Tips for Perfect Results

“Get ready to fall in love with the smooth and crumbly texture of this irresistible Scottish Tablet II”

As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I’ve made my fair share of Scottish tablet recipes. Here are some tips I’ve found that will help you achieve the perfect Scottish tablet every time:

1. Don’t Rush the Boiling

When making Scottish tablet, it’s best to be patient and let the mixture boil for the full 30 minutes. If you rush this step, your tablet may not set properly or become grainy.

2. Use Extra-Finely Granulated Sugar

For the smoothest texture, use extra-finely granulated sugar instead of regular granulated sugar. This will ensure that the sugar dissolves quickly and evenly.

3. Don’t Skimp on Butter

Scottish tablet is a rich, buttery treat, so don’t skimp on the butter. Using unsalted butter will give you better control over the saltiness of the final product.

4. Let it Set Properly

After pouring your tablet mixture into its tray or tin, it’s best to leave it to set overnight at room temperature. This will help ensure that your Scottish tablet is firm, smooth and melts in your mouth.

5. Scrape the Mixtures off the Sides

While boiling your mixture over a medium heat remember to scrape down any splashes or mixtures up the sides of the pot or pan with a wet brush (without touching onto hot drink).

With these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to perfecting this traditional homemade Scottish dessert.


Now that you have all the information you need to make a delightful Scottish Tablet, let’s dive into some of the most frequently asked questions about the recipe. Below are some helpful tips and insights to ensure your tablet comes out perfectly every time.

What is traditional Scottish Tablet made of?

Tablet, also known as taiblet in Scots, is a deliciously sweet confectionery from Scotland. This medium-hard treat is crafted using condensed milk, sugar, and butter that are boiled to a soft-ball stage and left to crystallize. Extra flavor is often added using vanilla extract while some types of tablet even include crunchy nuts mixed in.

Why is my Scottish Tablet chewy?

There are two primary factors that may cause the tablet to turn out less than perfect. Either the proportion of milk or butter to sugar is inadequate, or you tried to prepare it too hastily, not allowing sufficient time for the sugar to dissolve completely.

Why is my Scottish Tablet not hardening?

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To get your Scottish tablet to set properly, it’s crucial to cook it at the right temperature for long enough. If it hasn’t set, that’s a sign that it didn’t reach the required heat during the boiling stage, which normally lasts about 15 to 20 minutes.

What is the difference between Scottish Tablet and fudge?

While some may argue that tablet is essentially a type of fudge, those of us who truly know the sweet treat can attest to the distinct texture that sets it apart from fudge. After sampling numerous varieties of tablet, I can confirm that it has a unique texture that is characterized by its grainy and brittle consistency, setting it apart from the softer texture of fudge.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Scottish Tablet II Recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves sweet treats. With its rich and creamy texture and melt-in-your-mouth goodness, this traditional homemade Scottish tablet fudge will delight your taste buds in every bite.

The recipe is simple yet precise, and by following the step-by-step instructions provided with carefully selected ingredients such as caster sugar, sweetened condensed milk, and unsalted butter, you can achieve the perfect Scottish tablet.

Whether you indulge in a slice of tablet on its own or serve it as an accompaniment to tea or coffee, the taste and flavor will not disappoint. Plus, with the ability to store it for up to two weeks, you can make it ahead of time for unexpected guests or any casual get-together.

This Scottish Tablet recipe will take you back in time and help you to discover the wonders of traditional Scottish cuisine. So why not give it a try today, and let us know how much you enjoyed it!

Scottish Tablet II

Scottish Tablet II Recipe

Posted by request - "A Scottish diabetic's nightmare!"
Course Dessert
Cuisine Scottish
Keyword < 60 Mins, Candy, Dessert, Easy, European, For Large Groups, Free Of..., Healthy, Kid-Friendly, Low Protein, Potluck, Scottish, Stove Top
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 5 pounds
Calories 296.8kcal


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups water
  • 5 lbs extra finely granulated sugar (For a fuller texture, use 2½ lbs. extra fine, 2½ lbs. granulated)
  • 1 (1 lb) can sweetened condensed milk


  • Melt butter on low heat in water in a deep saucepan.
  • Add sugar and bring to boil, stirring slowly all the time.
  • When boiling, add condensed milk and simmer, stirring constantly to prevent sticking.
  • Stop stirring when all bubbles vanish (excess moisture has now gone).
  • Take off the heat and add any flavouring of your choice.
  • Beat well for at least 5 minutes.
  • Pour into a greased rectangular cookie sheet or rectangular pan.
  • When cold, knife out and cut into bite-size cubes.
  • Wrap in waxed paper to store.


Serving: 57g | Calories: 296.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 62.9g | Protein: 0.9g | Fat: 5.6g | Saturated Fat: 3.5g | Cholesterol: 16.1mg | Sodium: 15.3mg | Sugar: 62.9g

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