Scottish Tablet Recipes

If you've never tried Scottish Tablet recipes, then take the plunge and try one of these.

Tablet is a famous Scottish sweet or candy (confectionery). People buy it thinking it is 'fudge', but the consistency is quite different. Fudge is soft, and toffee is 'hard', tablet is sort of in between.

Personally, I find tablet VERY sweet and think you can only eat a wee bit of it at a time. It's extremely high in calories - but tasting a wee bit won't hurt you!

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The most common of the Scottish Tablet recipes is 'plain', but these days all sorts of other ingredients are added from vanilla, walnuts to ginger and all sorts of other things.

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Plain vanilla tablet


Scottish Tablet Recipes
Plain Tablet


14 fl.oz/420 ml tin condensed milk (swirl round a wee bit of hot water in tin to get it all out)
2 lb/1kg sugar
9 oz/270g butter


  • Place all the ingredients in a large pan and bring to the boil.

  • Reduce the heat

  • Simmer gently for 30 - 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • As it starts to darken, stir continuously, ensuring it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan

  • When it is a dark caramel colour remove from the heat and whisk hard (preferably with an electric whisk)

  • Keep whisking until the mixture cools and begins to thicken.

  • Pour mixture into a baking tray (around 9" x 12")

  • Leave to set for around 10 minutes

  • Cut into squares

  • Leave to harden and remove from the tray

As I said earlier, there are a number of different variations on tablet.

Other Scottish Tablet Recipes

You could make:-

  • Vanilla Tablet - by adding in a few drops of vanilla essence.

  • Walnut Tablet - by adding 1 tbs. of finely chopped walnuts.

  • Ginger Tablet - by adding 1 tbs finely chopped root ginger.

  • Cherry Tablet - by adding 1 tbs of finely chopped glace cherries.

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

If you've enjoyed the Scottish Tablet Recipes - then see the following:-

Easter Sunday Menu - Have a look at the recipes I've chosen for Easter Sunday - Cream of Carrot & Coriander Soup, Roast Lamb, followed by profiteroles.
Valentine's Meal - Try the recipes I've chosen for Valentine's Day - starting with Smoked Salmon Mousse followed by Steak in a Whisky and Pepper Sauce, and finishing with a delicious Chocolate Cream.

Mothers' Day - A simple menu of Cottage Pie followed by rhubarb crumble.
Christmas Cake - Do try this recipe for a traditional Christmas cake.
Black Bun - This is traditionally served at Hogmanay when bringing in the New Year.
Clootie Dumpling - This rich and traditional dish is a favourite all year round but especially at Christmas time.
Christmas Pudding - This traditional pudding is usually served on Christmas day throughout the UK as well as Scotland.
Cullen Skink - This famous fish soup is made with smoked haddock.
Trout in oatmeal - This traditional and famous dish made with local ingredients.
Roast Turkey - This simple recipe will be ideal for Christmas or Thanksgiving.
Roast Venison - Make Christmas, Thanksgiving or other celebration special by serving roast venison to your guests.
Best Scone Recipes - Try the plain, fruit or the cheese scones.
Famous Shortbread Recipes - Have a look at some variations of shortbread recipes.
Haggis - Try this world-famous dish.
Pretend Haggis. If you can't face the 'real' thing, try this easy-to-make pretend haggis recipe.
Forfar Bridie - Try this filling meat 'pastie'.
Raspberry Recipes - See what you can do with a punnet of delicious raspberries, including the famous dessert, Crannachan.
Scotch Broth - See the recipe for hearty Scotch Broth.
Scotch Eggs - A simple recipe for you to try. Can be served hot or cold.
Scotch Pancakes - A quick, inexpensive treat for your guests.
Potato Scones - Serve Potato (or tattie) scone as part of the traditional Scottish Breakfast.
Scottish Leek Soup Recipes - Try these two famous Scottish Leek Soup Recipes.
Scottish Lorne Sausages - Try this everyday dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Scotch Pies - This Traditional pie is made with mutton or lamb.
Porridge - Try a bowl of this famous Scottish breakfast dish.
Savoury Mince Pie - This delicious but simple pie is served in households across Scotland.
Salmon Patties - A variation on the Fish Cake - but using Scottish oats.
Traditional Fish and Chips in Batter. - If you're visiting Scotland - do try this from a good Fish and Chip Shop. But if you want to make it yourself, here's the recipe. Serve with 'mushy' peas.
Stovies - Try this simple, everyday dish, can be made with lamb, corned beef or even sausages.
Tipsy Laird - This delicious whisky trifle (similar to sherry trifle) is traditionally served at a Burns Supper.
Burns Supper - Learn a bit more about a Burns Supper and get the Menu and recipe for Haggis, chappit potatoes and bashed neeps.
Hogmanay - See how we bring in the New Year in Scotland.
Traditional Scottish Christmas - Have a look at some Scottish Christmas traditions.

Also look at some of the recipes contributed by visitors to this site.
Grandma Wright's Clootie Dumpling, Mince and Tatties, Quick Microwave Christmas Pudding, Cup of Tea Cake, Scottish Recipe against a Sore Throat, Gaelic Coffee, Mealy Potatoes, Scot's Pepper Pleasure Boat

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