FEBRUARY 23, 2019 | NATIONAL BANANA BREAD DAY | NATIONAL TILE DAY | NATIONAL DOG BISCUIT DAY
NATIONAL BANANA BREAD DAY
February 23rd annually recognizes a well-known food holiday, National Banana Bread Day.
A moist, sweet, cake-like quick bread, banana bread is made with fully ripe, mashed bananas. There are some recipes where banana bread is made with yeast when it is then usually sliced, toasted and spread with butter.
It was with the popularization of baking soda and baking powder in the 1930s that banana bread first became a standard feature of American cookbooks and appeared in Pillsbury’s 1933 Balanced Recipes cookbook. Banana bread later gained further acceptance with the release of the original Chiquita Banana’s Recipe Book in 1950.
The United States saw the arrival of bananas in the 1870′s, but it took a while before they appeared as an ingredient in desserts.
The Vienna Model Bakery advertised banana bread as something new in the April 21, 1893, edition of St. Louis Post-Dispatch. An early restaurant/bakery chain owned by Gaff, Fleischmann & Company, The Viena Model Bakery was known for their baked goods and was likely one of the first to produce banana bread in the United States. The recipe was made with banana flour, which is made by drying strips of the fruit, then grinding it to a powder. This process had long been used in the West Indies.
In Hawaii during World War I, there was a surplus of bananas due to very few ships to export the fruit. In order not to waste the fruits, alternative uses for bananas were developed. The bakeries started incorporating the fruit into their bread.
This recipe was printed in The Maui News on April 12, 1918, for banana bread:
Yeast, coconut milk or water
There was also rationing of staple food items such as flour. Banana flour was a suggested substitute. It was touted as a health food and recommended for a vegetarian diet.
This, of course, is not the quick bread we know today. A recipe submitted by Mrs. Dean in the February 18, 1918, issue of The Garden Island paper for a banana muffin might more closely resemble the quick bread we think of today.
1 cup cornmeal
3-1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 sifted banana
3/4 cup rye flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon Crisco
Mix dry ingredients, add banana, milk and egg and Crisco.
The difference between a quick bread and a muffin in baking has a lot to do with the type of fat and how it is mixed creating a different crumb or texture to the bread.
In 1927, Unifruit (a wholesale produce company) offered a free cookbook called From the Tropics to Your Table full of banana recipes including banana muffins and breads. This little cookbook would have been handy during the Great Depression which was just around the corner. Throwing out overripe bananas was not something a family could afford to do. Utilizing every bit of food and stretching meals was a daily practice. Overripe bananas, as well as other fruits and vegetables, were baked into breads, stews and other dishes when flavor and texture were not as appealing raw.
There are many different variations of the traditional banana bread, a few of which include Banana raisin bread – Banana nut bread – Chocolate chip banana bread.
HOW TO OBSERVE
To participate in National Banana Bread Day, try one of the following banana bread recipes:
Use #NationalBananaBreadDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Banana Bread Day.
NATIONAL TILE DAY
On February 23, National Tile Day recognizes a timeless element of architecture and design. Around the world, tile plays a variety of roles. From the modest to the sublime, tile proves to be versatile and attractive.
Historically, only the wealthy could afford tile in their homes. The expense of handmade or small batch production meant tiles were difficult for the ordinary person to obtain. With the advent of the industrial revolution, tile not only became more affordable but the designs and features expanded with the technology.
Beautiful tile finds its way into every room of the home, outdoor spaces, commercial and industrial buildings by providing an infinite number of styles through color, texture and dimension. The durability and energy efficiency of tile adds value, and no material is more sustainable or has lower maintenance costs.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Take time to appreciate the quality craftsmanship of the tile work around you. If a remodel or building is in your future, consider tile in your design. Share an image of why you choose tile with #WhyTile, #Coverings2017, #NationalTileDay on Instagram and Twitter.
Coverings, the largest international tile & stone show in North America, founded National Tile Day in 2017 to shine a spotlight on the benefit of tile in residential and commercial design.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared the day to be observed annually on February 23.
NATIONAL DOG BISCUIT DAY
All dog owners, remember that February 23rd National Dog Biscuit Day! This day is also observed around the world as International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day.
Man’s best friend deserves a special treat, whether it is a reward for good behavior, as part of their training or just because we want to show our dogs how much we love them.
HOW TO OBSERVE
The following are a few homemade dog biscuit recipes you may want to make and give to your furry friends.
Use #NationalDogBiscuitDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Dog Biscuit Day.
Learn more about National Tile Day at www.coverings.com/ntd
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