Most of you will know that I am married to a Scot and tablet is a firm favourite, not only with him, but with any Scot I know. It has the texture of Kendal Mint Cake but the taste of a deliciously creamy fudge. If you fancy having a go at making some, using a microwave is an easy and quick way of knocking up a batch. It is very sweet, utterly delicious and very a little bit addictive so beware!
Tablet: (method for a 750 watt microwave)
4 ounces of chopped up, unsalted butter
1lb of caster sugar
5 fluid ounces of evaporated milk
Put all of the ingredients into a deep, microwavable dish and blitz for 2 minutes. Remove from the microwave and stir together carefully as the mixture will be pretty hot. Return to the microwave and cook again for 4 minutes. Keep a careful eye on it as the mixture will rise up the dish and you don’t want it to spill over. Stir again and return to the microwave and cook again for a further 4 minutes. Do this one last time and then remove from the microwave. Allow to cool down slightly and then beat for 2 minutes with a wooden spoon or whisk. Be sure to let the mixture cool slightly before you start whisking, particular if using a metal whisk, as the mixture is very hot and can bubble up very quickly; you certainly don’t want this to splash onto your skin. Once the mixture has thickened pour into a shallow, buttered 8 inch tin, or a couple of small foil trays, and leave to set. If you have any whisky in the house, add a generous amount to make the tablet really special. Once set, cut into bite size pieces and enjoy! If you are feeling generous, pack into pretty boxes and give as gifts – see below.