I blame Scotland for my weight gain. This country seems to have endless collection of sweets and savouries, and none of them are healthy! It seems that all sin ingredients are mixed together to create devilish, high calorie deserts. I thought STP and deep fried Mars bar are the only bad sweets, but everyday I find new things.
I met my first Tunnock’s Teacake on last Good Friday. Without a shame, I scoffed down 3 pieces in front of everyone. The teacake, which is made by the company which has been around since 1890 (!), consists of a small round shortbread biscuit covered with a half-dome of a whipped egg white concoction similar to marshmallow. This is then encased in a thin layer of milk or plain chocolate and wrapped in a distinctive red and silver foil paper for the more popular milk chocolate variety, with blue and gold wrapping for the plain. It’s crunchy on the outside, and very soft on the inside. A perfect companion for afternoon tea, especially like last week when the weather had been horrible, windy, snowy and icy cold, where it’s best to stay inside with a cuppa.
Another sweet that I have been trying to avoid to no avail is tablet, a medium-hard, sugary confection made from crystallized, boiled sugar, condensed milk, and butter. It’s very similar but little bit different from fudge. It has a brittle, grainy texture, while fudge is much softer. Usually Stuart’s grandmother has it ready for us, even though she never forgets to check how much I weight…. You could try to make your own tablet by checking the recipe here, here, or here.
Tablet picture is from Burns Sweet Shop, St. Andrews.