Posted by: sheenastrain | December 9, 2008

Eilidh’s Scottish Butter Tablet recipe

I remember my mother cooking tablet like this, usually for selling at school sales and so we only ever got to nibble a little bit or scrape out the bowl. It’s almost 100% sugar, so not for the fainthearted. I’m sure it’s permitted as part of the South Beach diet though.

If you decide to give this a try I recommend you keep your children and animals out of the kitchen, I don’t need to tell you that boiling sugar is extremely dangerous. Here’s the recipe and some photos to help. I’ve slightly adapted the recipe that Eilidh (Mrs Metro Calvinist) sent me as I had no golden syrup and used condensed milk instead of evaporated milk.

I need to go now, the kids are eating all the Hob Nobs…..

1 kg/ 2.2lb granulated cane sugar
170g/1.5 sticks butter
1/2 pint milk
1 400g tin condensed milk
2 dashes vanilla extract

Add sugar and milk to a large pan and dissolve over a gentle heat. This will take about 5 minutes.

Melt in butter and condensed milk.

Boil rapidly for 20 minutes, stirring all the time. Take care not to burn it otherwise you may need to chuck it all out.
Test now and then by drizzling into a glass of cold water for ‘medium balling’ – between soft and hard boil – it should just be sticky to the teeth and form ‘worms’ on the bottom of the glass.
Remove from the heat, allow to cool slightly before adding vanilla extract.
Beat vigorously with wooden spoon until mixture becomes thick and grainy in texture, matt in appearance, but still pourable. (Husband comes in handy here if you don’t have a Kitchen Aid mixer) You must beat it for long enough to get the grainy texture, otherwise you will end up with a sloppy mess.
Pour into a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper, if you have no paper then grease it with butter. After a few minutes score the tablet into little squares.
Allow to cool completely before cutting up into pieces, and then hide it from your children.



  1. Nnnnnnnnnnnnnooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Eilidh’s recipe is meant to be kept secret!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is a family recipe!

  2. Well, it’s not exactly the same recipe so your secret ingredient is safe.

  3. This looks appropriately unhealthy for the holidays! Yum! 🙂

  4. Unhealthy? It’s full of nutritious fat and carbs.

  5. This looks like something my great-grandmother used to make. The recipe was lost… I may have to give it a try and see how close it is. Regardless, looks good.

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