There is an unwritten rule that, at the end of each clinical placement (or, in some cases, every Friday), veterinary students are expected to produce some sort of edible creation for staff at the practice that so kindly opened its doors to them.
The cop out (and to be quite honest, more expensive) option is a box of chocolates, which, while quick and easy, can be quite pricey depending on the size of practice you’re catering for.
Another quick(ish) fix is packet baking, which usually requires the addition of a couple of ingredients, sticking in the oven and “bang”, tray bake for the whole practice. While some people swear by these – and if you buy the right one, they can taste pretty good – I feel it’s cheating somewhat. If you’re going to bake, you should do it properly.
Plus, sneaky packet baking can leave you open to awkward questions about the recipe or how you made it, and vet students are already subject to awkward daily grillings on placement, so any that can be avoided if possible would be a bonus.
So that leaves actually baking…
Now, I’m no Mary Berry, but I can whip up a good brownie or some decent cupcakes at 11pm on a Thursday night if need be.
My personal go-to recipe is for coffee cupcakes – it’s simple, involves normal cupboard stocks, is fairly quick to whip up, yet has an impressive edge. After all, most vets live on coffee, so why not add a little more to their Friday?
So, when you sit down to watch the The Great British Bake Off this week, spare a moment to think of the veterinary students up and down the UK burning the midnight oil trying to concoct something even passable in an effort to persuade their vets they know how to do something right.