Scottish Tablets by Ann Dunlop

Posted by Competition Entrant on 10/12/2013

  • Recipe difficulty: Easy
  • Vegetarian
  • Blog post
  • 5 of 5 4
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  • Serves: Up to 10 people
  • Recipe course: Desserts


4 cups granulated sugar. (I use a tea cup)
2 oz block butter
1 cup milk
A 23cmx23cm buttered tin.

Entered by Ann Dunlop on 10/12/2013

This delicious sweet recipe was handed down from my grandmother, then to my aunt and cousins who in turn gave it to me. In the recipe it states "take off fire" so this is from way back when housewives used wood burning ovens and stoves.


  1. Put sugar and milk into pan, leave a few minutes to let the milk soak into the sugar. I have a gas hob so I use the smallest gas ring on the lowest setting possible, even though I use a medium pan for this recipe, i find this works well for me.
  2. Turn the heat on under the pan and at it's lowest heat dissolve the sugar slowly, stirring every so often.
  3. Once there is no sound or feel of sugar in the pan add the butter.
  4. Once butter has melted turn the heat up very gently, you are looking for a very gentle boil, continue with this boil for about 17 -20 minutes. I have found that the lower time works for me.
  5. Then take the pan off the heat and stir quickly with a wooden spoon for about 3-4 minutes. After this length of time fast stirring you should feel the mixture change very slightly as if it is thickening but be careful you do not over stir it as you do not want it to suddenly set in the pan! As soon as you feel it changing slightly pour into a buttered square tin.
  6. Leave for a few minutes to semi set and cut into small squares then leave to completly set. This is very sweet but oh so good.

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4 cups granulated sugar. (I use a tea cup)
2 oz block butter
1 cup milk
A 23cmx23cm buttered tin.

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