Vanilla Tablet

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This is a delicious Scottish treat.  Almost similar to fudge in America, but lighter and melts in your mouth!



2 lbs (875g) granulated sugar

4 oz (100 g) butter

14 0z (396 g) can condensed milk

1/4 pint (140 ml) milk

1 tsp Vanilla extract

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1.   Melt butter with milk in pan then add sugar.

2.   Dissolve sugar in mixture stirring all the time.

3.   Add condensed milk and bring mixture to boil still stirring constantly.

4.   Bring mixture to soft ball consistency 240 F degrees (either use a sugar thermometer to test or drop a little mixture into a cup of cold water, leave for 1 minute and, if you can, for a soft ball between finger and thumb, the tablet is ready).

5.   Take off heat, add extract and beat mixture until it begins to thicken and grain.  Pour into a buttered tin and when set, cut into squares.

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Author: Tamzin

Food activist and childhood nutrition advocate Tamzin Cochrane helps the busiest of people to cook up something healthy and delicious, even after a long day. She also helps companies and schools educate around—and create a culture and environment that truly supports healthy eating. Decades in the foodservice and hospitality industry have given Tamzin a well-rounded perspective on mealtime. She is passionate about bringing back the lost art of families and friends cooking together, and she loves seeing people enjoy the amazing tastes and textures of their communal effort. Inspiring children to cook and expand there horizons on food is very important. She shares this message through virtual coaching and video courses, by speaking at corporations, schools, and events, and through her recently-released video courses. Tamzin is found most often at The Pinny and Trowel Cooking School, which she opened in early 2020, it is located in Austin TX. Tamzin was born in England, grew up in Scotland, and now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband (who incidentally, is Scottish but grew up in England) and their children.

4 Replies to “Vanilla Tablet”

  1. Janet Rodgers says:

    Your Tablet is the only one I’ve found which is exactly the same as the recipe I made as a child, without the electric whisk, had strong arms then, climbing trees, riding a brute of a bike helped, I couldn’t beat it now!
    Seeing it whisked has made me order Condensed Milk, Caster Sugar, that’s what was in my recipe back then.
    Didn’t have a mixer, my Mum baked lots, 6 of us, was always a treat, other than that, sweets once a week divided between us. Probably why we had great teeth!
    Another treat, fresh stick of rhubarb mixed with NHS powdered milk, a tad of Caster sugar mixed, in a poke, out to play and enjoy.
    We knew we couldn’t brush our teeth until before teatime.
    I know I made it before age 11. My Dad who was an Engineer made a safety guard for the cooker, at 3 went to get Mum’s Brother, new wife my Irish Granny more tea, scalded my chest. Yet was allowed to make tablet as I was so careful. I learned a lesson, haha.
    If my Dad had only patented it, was1953, he was so strict about safety, taught fire drill etc.
    A year later we lost my 8yr old cousin, he and older brother brought up by Granny, Mum remarried, their Dad died a couple of years into War. As soon as ring was on, he wouldn’t take them.
    Dad left work went straight to Granny’s knew, ran upstairs poor lad, standing in Bath, cold water running, apologising to Dad cause he hadn’t stayed rolled up in the rug. Used to say, good ones taken early. Remember him well, was a gem, came to our house after School as Granny had to work, he was so loved.
    I was allowed to kneel on a chair, make tablet, overseen by my Mum.
    My boys loved it, age differences in the 4 meant I supplied School every Christmas with lots to sell. Beat boys back with promise to make final batch theirs, amazingly, all great teeth.
    Seeing your recipe, my mouth is watering, neighbour gets my shopping, after quiz over why I wanted 3 Condensed Milk, promised he would get some. Bordering diabetic since diagnosed at 24, very careful. Not great biscuit eater, Rich Tea, enough problems, lol.
    Ironic considering Vegetarian, curries especially, never Smoked or drank, COPD badly from passive smoking. 3 ops, 2 easy, one rare bile duct condition which within a month has me looking as if I’m heavily pregnant. Cardiologist 20/11 or top of canc list to confirm can do, pre op few weeks discovered heart condition inherited from Maternal side, brother diagnosed, eldest, he friends, let slip, alarm bells rang, 52 yr cousin, Melbourne died in her sleep. As usual, researched, 50% chance of inheriting, none of Mums, Granny’s Family, 6 in each all passed of Cancer. I’m not worried or anxious, except for 4 sons and grandchildren, only concern. Genetic testing will confirm. I’m very philosophical. Plus, know one of 2 top Cardiologists in Northern Ireland from a bump, he lives less than a mile from me, not well off, depending on what I’m told, Private Appt will be sought. Another reason for not demolishing Tablet, my cousin visiting next week from Stoke on Trent, neighbour, grandchildren. Divided out.
    I’ve been going through more of your Recipes. I am impressed, very.
    Thank you not only for confirming Recipe I was given, ingenious use of the whisk!
    Your a marvel.

    1. Tamzin says:

      What a lot of memories, cooking and recipes tend to do that. Thank you for sharing. I am glad you like the whisk – every bit help or trick I can find I like to use. I hope you all enjoy your vanilla tablet

  2. Janet Rodgers says:

    Good grief Tamzin, I’ve just about written a Chapter, so sorry…
    Carried away on a cloud over the whisking!


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