February 23, 2010
National Banana Bread Day
Though the first breads originated some 12,000 years ago during the Neolithic times, bananas were not added to the mix until the the end of the 18th century. Housewives in America discovered that pearlash, a refined form of potash, could be used as a chemical leavening agent. Because baking powder was not yet invented, the pearlash served to produce carbon dioxide in dough, thus creating the first types of quick breads. Banana bread as we know it today, was created shortly thereafter.
This delicious type of bread became very popular during the Depression, as people were relecutant to throw anything away and mushy bananas could be used to bake banana bread. There are multiple variations to banana bread that are around today, some with added fruits and nuts. Bake yourself a delicious loaf of banana bread today to celebrate National Banana Bread Day!
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