For all those who love baking, but want the tasks to be made as easy as possible, you have Anna M. Mangin to thank for her ability to foresee your needs. The young African American woman invented the pastry fork in 1891.
The utensil was used to mix dough for pie crusts, cookies, butter and flour pastries without needing to physically manipulate the ingredients with one’s hands. However, the fork was also used to beat eggs, mash potatoes, and prepare salad dressings. Anna M. Mangin was awarded a patent on March 1, 1892, for the pastry fork for mixing pastry dough.