A Short History
Banana bread first became a standard feature in American recipe books when bicarbonate od soda and baking powder became popular in the 1930’s. It appears in Pillsbury’s 1933 Balanced Recipes cookbook.
The origin of the first banana bread recipe is unknown, though there is some speculation that it originated in the 18th century by housewives experimenting with pearlash.
The home baking revival of the 1960s and the simplicity of its recipe led to an explosion in banana bread’s popularity. The cookbooks of the 1960s added to its popularity because they commonly listed multiple variations of bread that added fruits, nuts, chocolate chips and extra bananas.
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