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Fairy bread

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Fairy bread
Fairy Bread.jpg
TypeWhite bread
Place of originAustralia
Main ingredientsWhite bread, butter, Hundreds and Thousands

Fairy bread is sliced white bread spread with butter or margarine and covered with "Hundreds and Thousands",[1] served at children's parties in Australia and New Zealand.[2][3][4] It is typically cut into triangles.[5]

Although people had been putting hundred and thousands (or nonpareils) on bread and butter for some time, the first known reference to this dish as Fairy Bread was in the Hobart Mercury in April 1929. Referring to a party for child inmates of the Consumptive Sanitorium, the article proclaimed that “The children will start their party with fairy bread and butter and 100’s and 1,000’s, and cakes, tarts, and home-made cakes…” [5]

The origin of the term is not known, but it may come from the poem 'Fairy Bread' in Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses published in 1885,[5] and had been used for a number of different food items before the current usage.[6]

See also


  1. ^ Stott Despoja, Shirley (29 March 2012). "Bread and butter and hundreds and thousands". Adelaide Review. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Christmas Dinner with the Toddlers". 15 December 1936. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  3. ^ Jacky Adams (6 February 2009). "The War Against Fairy Bread". Sydney Morning Herald.
  4. ^ Ursula Dubosarsky (2001). Fairy Bread. Mitch Vane (illus.). Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0-14-131175-3.
  5. ^ a b c "Meanings and origins of Australian words and idioms", Australian National University. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Australian Food Timeline".