Fairy bread

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Fairy bread
Fairy Bread.jpg
Type White bread
Place of origin Australia, New Zealand
Main ingredients White bread, butter or 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]

It is commonly served at children's parties in Australia and New Zealand.[3][4] 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]

It was invented in the late 1920's by a Scottish man named Jesse Cross, after he and his family had moved to Sydney, Australia. It is thought that the idea came about after his daughter requested a sandwich that fairies would eat. This lead to Mr. Cross adding colourful (fairy-like) sprinkles to a piece of white bread covered in butter.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Stott Despoja, Shirley. (March 2012). "Third Age: Bread and Butter and Hundreds and Thousands". The Adelaide Review. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Australian Words: Fairy Bread", Australian National Dictionary Centre, ANU.
  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.