(since 1999)


Home   |   Articles   |   FOOD TRIVIA   |   Today in Food History   |   Food Timeline   |   Recipes   |   Cooking_Tips   |   Food_Videos   |   Food Quotes   |   Who’s Who   |   Culinary Schools & Tours   |   Food_Trivia_Quizzes   |   Food Poems   |   Free_Magazines   |   Food Festivals & Events



You are here > Home > FOOD TRIVIA & FACTS

ZAGNUT to ZYMOLOGY >  Zucchini Bread


Philodendron Leaf


Quick breads (chemically leavened) which most zucchini bread recipes are, were not developed until the end of the 18th century. This took place in America, where pearlash was discovered. Pearlash is a refined form of potash, and it produces carbon dioxide gas in dough.

     In ‘American Cookery’ (1796 - the first American cook book) Amelia Simmons published recipes using pearlash, and we exported some 8,000 tons to Europe in 1792. (But she has no recipe specifically for zucchini bread).

     Baking powder was not developed commercially until 1857 (phosphate baking powder). So the zucchini bread as we know it (a quick bread) could have been first made in America in the 18th century when housewives discovered pearlash as a chemical leavening agent. 

     Zucchini plants are prolific producers, so that every way it might be used was most likely explored early on.



  ZAGNUT to ZYMOLOGY   |   Zagnut Candy Bar   |   Zampone   |   Zatar   |   Zebra Tomatoes   |   Zebu   |   Zedoary   |   Zeppelins in a Fog   |   Zest   |   Zucchini   |   Zucchini Bread   |   Zuppa, Zuppe   |   Zuppa Inglese   |   Zwieback   |   Zymology or Zzymurgy  
  Home   |   About & Contact Us   |   Bibliography   |   Food History Articles   |   Free Magazines   |   Food Videos   |   Other Links  

Please feel free to link to any pages of from your website.
For permission to use any of this content please E-mail: [email protected]
All contents are copyright © 1990 - 2018 James T. Ehler and unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved.  You may copy and use portions of this website for non-commercial, personal use only.
Any other use of these materials without prior written authorization is not very nice and violates the copyright.
Please take the time to request permission. Logo