Scottish Tablet

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Granny Law’s Tablet and the church built from tablet.


125g butter

1kg bag of sugar

250ml milk

350ml can of condensed milk

½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 tray 12” x 10” greased with butter


Melt the butter in a large heavy based pot over a low heat. Add the sugar and milk and stir until the sugar dissolves.  Then add the condensed milk.

Bring to the boil and simmer over a fairly high heat for about 10 minutes.

Turn down the heat and simmer for another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Test for setting consistence by putting some of the mixture on a cold saucer.  Leave to cool and push with your finger.  If it sets, its done.

Remove from the heat, add the vanilla extract and then beat on high with an electric mixer for 10 to 15 minutes until thickened.

Pour onto the try and allow to cool.  Mark into slices with a knife when after about 30 minutes into cooling.

And the rest of the story…….

Granny Law made the six trays of tablet, twice a week. Uncle Matt brought the sugar. I remember being part of the assembly line to wrap it all up.

Great Auntie Maggie called the bingo in the wee church hall well into her 90s. The tablet got sold at the bingo. And that’s partly why the “new” church of St Martin of Tours (Renton) sits where it is today.

Its made of tablet……

Granny Law’s Tablet was only one part of her range of sugary treats that she made. The rest can be found on her own page (link below) along with the story of her marketing skills.


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