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Planning a Burns Night celebration? Traditional Scottish tablet is a sweet way to round off the meal

  • Feeds 36 Feeds 36
  • Ready in 40 minutes

Each serving contains

  • Energy
    706kj 168kcal
  • Fat
    Med 5%
  • Saturates
    High 12%
  • Sugar
    High 35%
  • Salt
    Low 1%

% of adult’s reference intake | Carbohydrates per serving : 31g


  • 115g Co-op unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 900g caster sugar
  • 397g can condensed milk


  1. Grease a 22cm square baking tin then line with greaseproof paper
  2. Put the butter, caster sugar and 250ml water in the largest saucepan you have, and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved and the butter has melted
  3. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 mins
  4. Carefully stir in the condensed milk, then bring back to the boil
  5. Simmer gently for another 10-15 mins
  6. If you have a sugar thermometer, the temperature should be 115°C
  7. Alternatively, spoon a drop of the mixture into cold water; if it forms a hard ball, it’s ready
  8. Remove from the heat and beat vigorously with a wooden spoon (or an electric mixer) until thickened
  9. This will take around 10 mins
  10. Pour into the prepared tin and leave to set. After 30 mins, score lines with a knife to make it easier to cut later
  11. Once set, cut the tablet into squares with a sharp knife