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  Scottish Butter Tablet (photo from cook book)
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  • Scottish Butter Tablet (photo from cook book) - Scotland
      Scottish Butter Tablet (photo from cook book)
    by JessH
  • Scottish Butter Tablet (photo from cook book) - Scotland
      Scottish Butter Tablet (photo from cook book)
    by JessH

"What on EARTH is THAT?!" I asked John, who happily reappeared from another stand at the farmer's market in Edinburgh, shoving brown chunks of something crumbly and unidentifiable into his mouth that had a huge grin on it whilst chewing. "Tmmmbllt!" he tried to reply. I frowned... "What?"
He chewed for another few seconds, swallowed and then smiled: "Tablet! Try some!"
Now, I absolutely love chocolates and sweets, but more often that not I've found most British desserts and treats to be far too sweet for me... and so was tablet! Not to worry, that means there's more for John and he's glad he doesn't have to share

And for those of you who love it, here's our recipe.

Basic Recipe for Scottish Butter Tablet:
Tablet is a very rich, very sugar traditional Scottish sweet that is hard to describe: Fudge is soft and toffee is hard; tablet is sort of in between and more grainy. This another one of those artery clogging, heart-attack inducing Scottish culinary inventions that seems to be so good that it instantly becomes addictive to most who try it.

Warning: Making tablet requires you to boil sugar which becomes EXTREMELY hot and any splashes can cause bad burns on your skin. For this exact reason banish all children, pets and clumsy people out of the kitchen before you start.

Ingredients (serves two):
> 500gs granulated or caster sugar.
> 60g butter.
> 3 1/2 tablespoons / 1 small tin condensed milk.
> 170ml water.

Let's get started...
1. Grease a baking tray.
2. Place all ingredients in a large deep pan or pot; heat until butter has melted and sugar dissolved.
3. Bring the mixture to the boil. It is important to constantly stir so the mixture doesn't stick & burn!
4. Bring down to simmer for around 10min. The mix should be thick and the colour should have turned from white to caramel / light brown.
5. Take the pan from the heat and let it rest for about 5min.
6. After waiting, beat the mix until your arm nearly drops off and it has thickened to a very thick custard-like appearance (approx. 15min).
7. Before the mixture completely sets, use a wooden spoon & quickly transfer and spread it onto the prepared baking tray.
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 tray and store them in an airtight container, preferably with some wax paper.

You could also make:
> Vanilla Tablet: add in a few drops of vanilla essence or seeds from a fresh vanilla pod... yummy!
> Walnut Tablet: add 1 tbs. of finely chopped walnuts.
> Ginger Tablet: add 1 tbs finely chopped fresh ginger or some ginger powder.

If you're planning to add these or any other ingredients be sure to add them at the final mixing stage.

Tablet is available in any speciality stores ("sweetie shops") as well as at Farmer's Markets and sometimes also in larger supermarkets.

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  • Updated Apr 6, 2009
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