My mother likes a baking challenge. Whether it is a cake, tray bake or a new recipe for dinner, she likes to try something new every now and then. This one time it was tackling the tablet. It had been something that she had tried a few times and never quite mastered but on talking to our neighbour, she was a little closer to getting it right. My mum and neighbour often switch recipes and baking. When we had the snow days, they were swapping pancakes and gingerbread, what else can you do to pass the time.
Since being given this recipe, everyone asks “when’s your mum making the tablet again?” As mad as it seems, she used to make huge batches of tablet for my sister to take to her school’s band camp weekend. She was affectionately known as “The Tablet Lady”. There have been the occasional time where it was stirred for too long and went to hard or soft. There was the time when the mixture had an air bubble causing it to grow and balloon. We thought it was going to explode, luckily with a stab of a knife, the kitchen was saved from becoming covered in a sugar syrup explosion! While making her latest batch I thought I may as well try and learn how to make it, might come in handy one day. So here goes…I’ll give it a go!
- 1 2lb bag granulated Sugar
- 1 large Knob of Butter
- 1tbsp/15ml golden syrup
- 1tsp/5ml Vanilla essence
- 1 cup/200ml of milk
- 1 tin of condensed milk
- Grease a large, deep tray before you start as you can’t stop stirring, hope you’ve got good arm muscles (I evidently do not)
- Add the milk and butter to a large pan.
- Heat the milk and butter until almost boiling then add all the sugar
- Stirring the sugar, butter and milk with a wooden spoon until it begins to boil.
- Gradually add the tin of condensed milk while you continue to stir the mixture
- Add the golden syrup once the mixture begins to boil and simmer for 20 minutes
- Remove from the heat and add the vanilla essence
- Beat the mixture for 10 minutes using a wooden spoon or whisk (electric or manual is up to you.)
- Beat until you can see the spoon leaving a trace as you go.
- Pour the mixture into the pre-prepared tray and leave to cool.
- Before it fully sets, about 5 minutes after pouring, score into squares or shapes of your liking and leave to harden and cool completely.
Let me know in the comments below if you’ve had any baking mishaps or attempts gone wrong, everyone starts somewhere! If you like this recipe give the post a little like and share with someone you know that’s got a sweet tooth. Keep an eye out on laurenswideworld Instagram to see what I get up to in-between posts.