Recipes/ Snack

Australian Christmas Fairy Bread

02/12/2015 (Last Updated: 11/05/2018)

Fairy Bread is Australia’s favourite Christmas snack for kids and nostalgic adults alike. Take a detour down memory lane with this bright and colourful Australian Christmas Fairy Bread. It’s fun, affordable, and easy to make with Santa’s little helpers.

Australian Christmas Fairy Bread - It's crunchy, it's creamy, it's fluffy and let's face it - it's the next best thing since sliced bread. Christmas themed & Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

We’d intended to post this little recipe on the 1st of December but WiFi woes in the middle of Vietnam got in our way. Nevermind, here’s to launching our first ever Christmas recipe on the 2nd December instead. 🙂

Most Australians grew up with this beloved sugary snack which, like the best things in life, was reserved for birthday parties and special occasions like Christmas. And while there’s no such thing as a White Christmas in Australia, with Fairy Bread there’s rainbow snow!

Why do we love it so much?

Maybe it’s those memories of ‘100’s & 1000’s’ scattered among the shreds of wrapping paper on Christmas Morning. Or maybe it’s the sugar rush. To this day I’m still not sure if the frenzy was more for the presents or the Fairy Bread and candy canes.

Australian Christmas Fairy Bread - It's crunchy, it's creamy, it's fluffy and let's face it - it's the next best thing since sliced bread. Christmas themed & Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

Aussie mums would often make up a batch of Fairy Bread for the kids on Christmas morning, and Aussie kids became very good at stealthily stealing a slice or two just for themselves. Sarah fessed up to this secret crime, but I’m pretty sure a trail of sprinkles on the floor and a rainbow smear around her smile would have been a bit of a giveaway.

All this talk of Fairy Bread made us curious about its origins. According to the online grapevine, a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson back in his 1885 collection of ‘A Child’s Garden of Verses’ was said to have given one very clever person a very bright idea… Of that person, we could find no further clue, but whoever you are, our inner child salutes you!

From those early origins the love of Fairy Bread spread throughout the country, til it was even mentioned in the Sydney Morning Herald in 1934. “Christmas Dinner with Toddlers” heartily recommended “a slice of fairy bread with sponge cake and the usual drink of milk” as a festive treat.

Australian Christmas Fairy Bread - It's crunchy, it's creamy, it's fluffy and let's face it - it's the next best thing since sliced bread. Christmas themed & Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

Now, to make your very own Australian Christmas Fairy Bread you’ll need to start with a few slices of the freshest, softest, fluffiest white bread you can find. Note that it’s gotta be white bread. Ask your nearest five year old and they’ll agree, wholegrain just won’t do!

Coat each piece with lashings of real unsalted butter. We recommend using room temperature butter which spreads nice and easily.

You’ve now got an important decision ahead of you. Will you coat your Fairy Bread in round sprinkles or flat sprinkles? My grandmother always preferred flat sprinkles and had tubs of them in every colour you could think of. Others prefer the crunchy texture of the round 100’s & 1000’s. Keep an eye out for red and green sprinkles to make it even more Christmassy.

Finally, slice the bread into triangles and arrange them into a cute Christmas Tree shape just before serving, and don’t forget the star on top!

Australian Christmas Fairy Bread - It's crunchy, it's creamy, it's fluffy and let's face it - it's the next best thing since sliced bread. Christmas themed & Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

Ah, so much joy from such a simple sugary snack. Kids love making Fairy Bread almost as much as they love eating it, and adults love it too because it’s no-cook, no-fuss and no-mess… Okay maybe we lied a little bit on that last point. 🙂

Now for one last very important question: Do you cut the crust or leave it on?

Australian Christmas Fairy Bread - It's crunchy, it's creamy, it's fluffy and let's face it - it's the next best thing since sliced bread. Christmas themed & Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

Australian Christmas Fairy Bread

Australian Christmas Fairy Bread - It's crunchy, it's creamy, it's fluffy and let's face it - it's the next best thing since sliced bread.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Australian
Author: Wandercooks

Ingredients

  • 6-8 slices fluffy white bread
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup sprinkles or 100’s & 1000’s

Instructions

  • Spread butter on each piece of bread all the way to the edge.
  • Cover with coloured sprinkles or 100’s and 1000’s.
  • Cut all but one piece of bread into triangles and assemble into a Christmas Tree shape.
  • Cut the final piece of bread into a star shape and place at the top of your Tree.

Notes

We recommend slicing two pieces of bread in half diagonally and the remaining pieces into quarters for triangular pieces in different sizes. Experiment with the layout and have fun!
Optional: Use the crusty end piece of your loaf of bread to make a nice trunk for your Christmas Tree.
Hey hey – Did you make this recipe?We’d love it if you could give a star rating below ★★★★★ and show us your creations on Instagram! Snap a pic and tag @wandercooks / #Wandercooks

*Editor’s Note: Yes we did eat our Australian Christmas Fairy Bread after taking these photos – every last morsel. It was like a primary school Christmas party but all to ourselves. Yes!!

Australian Christmas Fairy Bread - It's crunchy, it's creamy, it's fluffy and let's face it - it's the next best thing since sliced bread. Christmas themed & Vegetarian. | wandercooks.com

 

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Jacquelyn @ LittleOwlCrunchyMomma
    05/12/2015 at 4:37 am

    Too cute!

  • Reply
    Libby
    04/12/2015 at 5:31 pm

    What a cute name! With a few dietary modifications, this could totally work for us!

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      04/12/2015 at 6:57 pm

      Hi Libby, thanks for the feedback. 🙂 We’re interested to know what modifications you’d make to suit your needs. Let us know and we can add that information on to help others 😀

  • Reply
    linda spiker
    04/12/2015 at 1:51 pm

    Very cute idea! Love this tradition. So fun for the kids.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      04/12/2015 at 6:58 pm

      …and us adults too 😛 (shhhh) haha

  • Reply
    Megan Stevens
    04/12/2015 at 1:51 pm

    I love that butter is the “glue.” Nothing like the real thing! 🙂

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      04/12/2015 at 6:57 pm

      Agreed! 😀

  • Reply
    Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
    04/12/2015 at 12:00 pm

    Cute idea! I’ve never seen anything like that before. Love that it’s called Fairy Bread.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      04/12/2015 at 12:11 pm

      It’s like an instant happiness maker haha 🙂

  • Reply
    Jessica Lane
    04/12/2015 at 10:58 am

    I never would have thought of the combination of sandwich bread and sprinkles, but I have to thank you for bringing this novelty to light. It not only sounds great, but it’s something the kids can do with me in the kitchen. I love recipes like that.

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      04/12/2015 at 11:49 am

      Great! It’s always been a fun recipe, I think we enjoyed making it as much now as we did 20 years ago haha.

  • Reply
    Andreas Bauer
    02/12/2015 at 7:39 pm

    I am sure cooks, that you cannot wait to come home.

    I like your Tree Idea.

    Enjoy

    Andreas

    • Reply
      Wandercooks
      02/12/2015 at 8:19 pm

      Thanks Andreas, yes not long now! Loving Vietnam though. The food here is amazing, and there is so much variety.

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