Frima kit proves a sweet move for acclaimed patisserie

Claire Clark, co-founder, Pretty Sweet

An acclaimed patisserie is reaching new heights thanks to the installation of a Frima multifunctional cooking system at its site.

Pretty Sweet, which was founded three years ago by Claire Clark MBE and Sarah Crouchman, turned to the Rational-owned brand when scouring the market for equipment that could meet its volume requirements.

With eight full-time and seven part-time staff, Pretty Sweet supplies cakes and pastries to a range of clients including Harrods and the five-star hotels, The Berkeley and The Royal Horseguards.

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The founders have worked at some of the finest restaurants in the world, so knew exactly what they needed to get the results they wanted.

They specified a Frima 211, which has a 100-litre capacity pan. “It’s a bit unusual to find a machine like this in a patisserie, but there’s not many with our levels of production,” said Clark.

Pretty Sweet can produce up to 8,000 of its most popular products every day, so being able to produce large quantities is essential. “For example, we can use it to make a whole batch of lemon curd at once,” explained Clark. “And the automatic control system means we can leave it to cook and get on with other things, knowing that it’ll come out exactly how we want without sticking or burning.”

Clark, who was awarded her MBE in 2011 for her contribution to the craft, says that patisserie requires a level of precision in every task that is undertaken.

“Each step of the process needs to be the same every time, from measuring ingredients, to the temperature of the oven and the time it spends in there. Controlling everything is key to getting perfect results every time,” she concluded.

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