Who invented fairy bread?
Fairy bread was first mentioned in 1929 as a snack for the unfortunate child inmates of the Consumptive Sanatorium in Hobart. We aren't exactly sure what a "Consumptive Sanatorium" is - but it doesn't sound good, does it? Prior to that, Aussies had been putting hundreds and thousands on bread for years, but it obviously took a while for the fairy bread name to take hold. Back then, hundreds and thousands were called "nonpareils" - which translates from the French as "not-the-sames". Anyway, since those dark days of 1929, fairy bread has gone from strength to strength, even crossing the ditch to New Zealand where it is also a favourite way of using up your last bread slices.
It's an iconic Australian food and a favourite at any children's birthday party. It is a very simple recipe consisting of buttered bread covered in hundreds and thousands sprinkle but deserves its place alongside vegemite, peanut butter, sponge cake, the anzac biscuit, the tim tam, Golden Gaytime, ice cream, the chiko roll, the honey joy, tomato sauce and the meat pie in the pantheon of Aussie food legends. It's just as likely to be found at a kid's party as a birthday cake. There have been some variations on the topic in recent years - for example a version that uses chocolate sprinkles instead of the traditional classic round rainbow sprinkles. Some American versions of fairy bread even use sparkly sanding sugar to make it more like a kind of sugared toast - an idea which we naturally disagree with wholeheartedly! And a Sydney bar recently invented the amazing concept of fairy bread margaritas! Then there is the fairy bread chocolate crackle to add another dimension to this ubiquitous party food. Not to forget the wonderful fairy bread jelly slice featuring desiccated coconut. There is also the option of making vegan fairy bread by substituting the butter on your white bread for nuttelex. Fairy bread is surely number one among the rainbow foods to be found at a kids party and soggy bread is clearly the number one delivery vehicle of choice for your kid's next sugar hit!