The recipe is based on Helli S‘ in a thread full of wonderful Christmas gift foodie ideas – a great starting point for those wanting to make home-made gifts for friends and family. It’s down as ‘fudge’ in the thread and it wasn’t until it was cooling and hardening that I realised that was actually what I’d always called tablet – denser, harder and tooth-decayingly sweet. Only the night before making this had I found out that outside of Scotland tablet was often called fudge but, sadly, didn’t even think to check on this before making it. In the end it worked out well as I love the fact I now know how to make tablet, but it just goes to show how regional variances can really hinder online recipe usage.
- 125g butter
- 500g icing sugar
- 397g condensed milk (one standard tin of Carnation brand)
- 1 tsp vanilla flavouring
- Prepare a glass / ceramic tray by greasing it well with butter.
- Sift the icing sugar into the largest pyrex bowl which will fit into your microwave (a see-through non-glass dish which is microwave-safe might do – you want to be able to monitor the sugar’s level without taking it out of the microwave).
- Melt the butter until soft and add it, with the condensed milk, to the icing sugar and mix well.
- Set the microwave to 18 minutes on high heat.
- After around 4-5 minutes you’ll notice the mixture beginning to boil and rise – take it out with care and stir it with a wooden spoon.
- Place back in the microwave and continue to take it out and stir when you see it begin to rise.
- Until around 8-10 minutes remaining you’ll probably need to take it out only every 2 minutes or so, until 5 maybe every minute and thereafter it might be as much as every 30 seconds.
- When you get to 5 minutes remaining on the timer add the vanilla flavouring and stir in well.
- When ready, the mixture should be thicker and darker than when it started.
- I recommend having your oven mitts handy and something to set your spoon on between stirrings.
- Use a wooden spoon – many plastic ones will melt!
- Do not be tempted to lick the spoon after you’ve poured the mix into the bowl – it’ll remain hot for quite some time.
My microwave is 750w rating so you may have to adjust the times a little for a higher powered one and expect the times between stirring to come more frequently. I thought it was fudge, so I used quite a small tray (10 1/2 x 7 x 2 inches) and my pieces ended up around 4cm cubed. This is waaay too much sugar in one bite and it’d be best if you can find a largeish tray or two medium ones to set the tablet in.
I’d tried making tablet before, over a stove, and it was terrible – too hard, gritty, ick. Doing it that way requires the knack of it, an even heat, infinite patience for stirring and it was acknowledged by those I asked at the time that it usually took two or three tries before someone even began to produce ‘decent’ tablet. This, though, was smooth, buttery, and melt-in-the-mouth first time. Isn’t technology wonderful? ;) A very excellent recipe and something I wouldn’t be ashamed to send to even the members of my family who’ve been able to make it on a hob for years!