Pip’s Sweet Treats – Scottish Butter Tablet
This sweet is a particular favourite of Jnr’s, but we find it difficult to source in our local area. I found a great supplier on eBay, but we typically eat it all in one sitting! As it is such a sugary sweet, this is not very healthy!
The consistency is crumbly compared to fudge, although they share similar ingredients. I prefer tablet as it isn’t as sickly, in my opinion.
I found a straightforward recipe that didn’t reference a sugar thermometer, so tried it out at Christmas. The tablet was a success, so thought I’d pass it on. It would be a great idea for a homemade gift for your friends. Enjoy!
1/4 pint of water
175g of unsalted butter
1lb of caster sugar (healthy this isn’t!)
75g of sweetened condensed milk
1. Using a large pan heat the water. Melt the butter into the hot water and before it hits the boil add in the sugar until it is completely dissolved. Stir frequently.
2. Bring the mixture to the boil and allow to simmer. Add the condensed milk.
3. Stirring often, allow the mixture thicken until it turns a deep caramel shade. The texture of the mixture will change over the course of 20-30 mins until it becomes thick and bubbling. This is where a big pan is useful as the mixture can be volatile and rises while it simmers.
4. To test the mixture, drop some onto a cold plate. It should not run, and will be thick and sticky after 30 seconds.
5. Remove from the heat and beat for 5-10 mins. Pour the mixture into a shallow greased tray, perhaps lined if you don’t own the silicon versions, and cool for 30 mins.
It will be ready to enjoy once sliced into squares. It is best stored in an airtight container.
Thanks for reading,