Awaiting its retro revival: pastry blender

photo2As we await the oven exit of our holiday bird, can’t help thinking about the sad fate of the pastry blender.

A search beyond my standard cookbooks for a new recipe for an after-dinner sweetie suggested that these days, all mixing must be done by machine – preferably a very heavy, very expensive food processor. They were all the vogue when I got married, and remain so. But I passed then, and now. So this Thanksgiving found me retrofitting a crust recipe for photothe handy implement above and, well, hands.

Judging by the photo at right, don’t think we will suffer one bit for our  reversion to a more tactile era of baking.

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