Fairy bread

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Fairy bread
Fairy Bread.jpg
Type White bread
Place of origin Australia and New Zealand
Main ingredients White bread, margarine, sprinkles or hundreds and thousands
Cookbook: Fairy bread  Media: Fairy bread

Fairy bread is sliced white bread spread with margarine or butter and covered with sprinkles or hundreds and thousands which stick to the spread.[1] It is typically cut into four triangles.[2]

Fairy bread dates back to the 1920s in Australia, and is first recorded in The Hobart Mercury, which describes children consuming the food at a party.[3] It is commonly served at children's parties in Australia and New Zealand.[4][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.[2]

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  1. ^ Stott Despoja, Shirley (29 March 2012). "Bread And Butter And Hundreds And Thousands". Adelaide Review. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Australian Words: Fairy Bread", Australian National Dictionary Centre, ANU.
  3. ^ "Meanings and origins of Australian words and idioms", Australian National University. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  4. ^ Jacky Adams (6 February 2009). "The War Against Fairy Bread". Sydney Morning Herald. 
  5. ^ Ursula Dubosarsky (2001). Fairy Bread. Mitch Vane (illus.). Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0-14-131175-3.