Scottish Butter Tablet

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  • Prep

    5 m
  • Cook

    30 m
  • Ready In

    6 h 35 m
Lizzie Mac
Recipe by  Lizzie Mac

“This is an amazingly good traditional Scottish confection, like a dulce de leche fudge.”

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Original recipe yields 12 servings



  1. Generously butter a 13x18-inch sheet pan or two 8x8-inch square pans, and set aside.
  2. Stir together condensed milk, cream, sugar, salt, and butter in a large (4-quart), heavy-bottomed saucepan. Place over medium heat, and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. When the mixture has reached a boil, turn heat to low, and continue cooking and stirring, until a candy thermometer reaches between 234 and 240 degrees F (112 to 116 degrees C), or until a small amount of the mixture dropped into cold water forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from the water and placed on a flat surface. This should take about 20 minutes.
  3. Once the mixture has attained a light tan color, remove from heat, and beat vigorously (but carefully!) with a wooden spoon until the mixture cools and thickens. Stop beating when you can feel the mixture turn from smooth to grainy.
  4. Pour into the prepared pan. Don't scrape any crystallized bits from the bottom of the pan, or it may cause the whole batch to crystallize. While still warm, score the tablet into 2-inch squares with the tip of a paring knife. Allow to cool 6 hours to overnight until set. Cut into squares with a serrated knife. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.

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i changed a few things in this recipe and it turned out perfect!! i dont have a candy thermometer so i cooked the mixture for about 35 min instead. i also whisked it with a hand whisk while cooking instead of spoon.then when i removed it i used an electric blender and beat it for about 2-3 min.... it set perfectly!!!! i hope these tips help !!



I am an experienced candy-maker, and I followed the recipe exactly but the candy did not set and now I have a big pan of sweet mush. Will not be attempting this again.



This recipe made fantastic tablet the first time round (followed instructions but cooked for 30mins and used the cream rather than milk). Second time round it didnt set but I didnt stir it until cooled and used milk... so the secret is not to cut corners!

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Amount Per Serving (12 total)

  • Calories
  • 532 cal
  • 27%
  • Fat
  • 17.9 g
  • 27%
  • Carbs
  • 93.4 g
  • 30%
  • Protein
  • 3.1 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 59 mg
  • 20%
  • Sodium
  • 82 mg
  • 3%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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