Weekend Cooking: Sweetshop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan



Sweetshop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan

Rosie Hopkins’s life is…comfortable. She has a steady nursing job, a nice apartment, and Gerard, her loyal (if a bit boring) boyfriend. And even though she might like to pursue a more rewarding career, and Gerard doesn’t seem to have any plans to propose, Rosie’s not complaining. Things could be worse. Right?

Life gets a bit more interesting when Rosie’s mother sends her out to the country to care for her ailing great aunt Lilian, who owns an old-fashioned sweetshop. But as Rosie gets Lilian back on her feet, breathes a new life into the candy shop, and gets to know the mysterious and solitary Stephen—whose family seems to own the entire town—she starts to think that settling for what’s comfortable might not be so great after all.

Recipe for Tablet (Scottish Fudge) from Jenny Colgan

Tablet The Fudge House


1 stick butter
4 cups white sugar
1 small tin condensed milk
I cup milk.


• Melt butter slowly. Stir sugar in slowly, if it burns it’s done for.
• When melted in, add milk & condensed milk. Bring to boil, then back to a simmer, and keep stirring for about 45 minutes!!!
• When it goes brown, drop a bit off a metal spoon into a cup of cold water- it should form into a soft ball. Then it’s ready.
• Take off heat, scrape sugar off sides, STIR VIGOROUSLY for a few minutes until you feel the mixture start to thicken and granulate a bit.
• Pour into buttered tins. Will set like concrete in about 3 hours.
• Don’t then do what I did last night and eat so much you think you’re going to spew :) . You can add vanilla flavoring, or nuts and things, but I like it the traditional way.



A former columnist for The Guardian, Jenny Colgan contributes regularly to national BBC radio and is the author of more than eleven bestselling novels, including her recent international bestsellers The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris published in 2014 and Welcome To Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the 2013 Romantic Novel of the Year award from the Romantic Novelists Association. She is married with three children and lives in London and France.


Read my review of Sweetshop of Dreams by clicking HERE


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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. readingwritingandriesling
    Aug 10, 2014 @ 14:38:06

    How much butter is a stick? And how small tin of condensed milk? My brother in law loves Scottish Tablet.



  2. Beth F
    Aug 10, 2014 @ 20:35:13

    Sounds like a fun romance. The fudge looks yummy — and Scottish fudge is perfect for the season premiere of Outlander!



  3. Rebecca Bradley
    Aug 11, 2014 @ 02:20:26

    Fudge. Mmmm



  4. Christina T
    Aug 11, 2014 @ 12:15:18

    Scottish Tablet sounds very similar to Milk Toffee, a favorite sweet in my family. I didn’t realize Jenny Colgan had another book. I’ll have to remember to order a copy for the library.



  5. Trackback: Review: Sweetshop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan | book'd out
  6. 1girl2manybooks
    Aug 11, 2014 @ 18:47:09




  7. tinabakesbread
    Aug 12, 2014 @ 03:44:58

    Now this recipe may get me in trouble! I could eat so much fudge…….



  8. Helen @ My Novel Opinion
    Aug 14, 2014 @ 01:30:25

    Wow I love tablet, this recipe sounds easy enough so going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing Jenny’s recipe, Shelley!



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