Fairy Bread is an iconic Australian party food. We’re not sure when it was first invented but we’ve been serving it up at kids parties since at least the 1920’s. It was only on November 24th 2014 that International Fairy Bread Day was first started to help Aussie’s throughout the world celebrate one of their favourite childhood foods.
You are probably thinking that bread and butter topped with brightly coloured sugary things seems an odd combination to be so beloved by an entire nation. Whatever the reason, the sweet and crunchy 100’s and 1000’s go perfectly with freshly baked buttered bread and Aussie kids simply can’t get enough of it.
Fairy Bread Recipe
Fairy Bread is a cheap and filling party snack that is super easy to make. It only requires three ingredients:
- Fresh white bread
- Butter or margarine
- 100’s and 1000’s
How to make Fairy Bread
- Spread a fine layer of butter or margarine on the bread, making sure that you spread it right to the corners so that the 100’s & 1000’s will stick.
- Remove crusts (optional but highly recommended)
- Sprinkle 100’s & 1000’s on buttered bread
- Cut bread into triangles and serve.
Tip: removing the crusts is optional but definitely the more popular choice with Aussie kids.
Tip: making Fairy Bread is a messy process that generally results in 100’s and 1000’s all over your floor. To reduce the mess, place the slice of bread in a plastic container before sprinkling with 100’s & 1000’s. Give the slice of bread a bit of a shake to remove loose sprinkles, then pour any unused 100’s and 1000’s into a bowl to be sprinkled over the next slice of bread.
Fairy Bread Ideas for Fairy Bread Day
Are you are looking for some fun Fairy Bread ideas to try this Fairy Bread Day? Rather than the standard Fairy Bread cut into triangles, unpack your cookie cutters and go crazy making fun shapes.
Fairy Bread origin
The term Fairy Bread is thought to have originated from a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Come up here, O dusty feet!
Here is fairy bread to eat.
Here in my retiring room,
Children, you may dine On the golden smell of broom
And the shade of pine;
And when you have eaten well,
Fairy stories hear and tell.
International Fairy Bread Day might be the 24th of November but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate it every day of the year.
Whoever it was that first invented Fairy Bread, we are glad that they did as they have helped create many happy childhood memories. What is your favourite childhood ‘Fairy Bread‘ memory? Share it by leaving a comment below.