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 no doubt agree - wholegrain just won’t do! But as with any recipe, if you feel like substituting we'll never judge. You can leave the crusts on or cut them off, it's up to you.
Butter - This helps the sprinkles stick to the bread. When we were kids, our mums would probably have used margarine, however we're not big fans of it so we use butter. Salted or unsalted is fine. We recommend using room temperature butter which spreads more easily.
100s & 1000s / Sprinkles - These are more commonly called sprinkles in the US, or occasionally 'nonpareils' if you're feeling fancy. Made from sugar, starch and food colouring, we have two main kinds here in Australia: round balls (100s & 1000s) or strands. The round sugar balls are iconic for fairy bread, but Laura's grandma always used strands. Which will you choose? Once again, go with your heart!
Crust On or Off - It's up to you.
Sprinkle or Dunk - Sprinkle the 100s and 1000s over the bread, or pour them out onto a flate plate and gently press your bread slice, buttered side down, into the sprinkles.
Start with (Slightly) Frozen Bread - This makes it waaaay easier to spread butter or margarine over the bread as it won't rip apart. If your bread is straight out of the freezer, let it defrost slightly first.
Play With Shapes - Cut the bread into cute shapes like triangles, circles or use a cookie cutter for hearts or stars.
Christmas Fairy Bread - Arrange the slices into a cute Christmas Tree shape just before serving. 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! Finish it off with a star piece on top! Optional: Use the crusty end piece of your loaf of bread to make a nice trunk for your Christmas Tree, and use red, white and green sprinkles if you can find them.
Halloween Fairy Bread - Top with orange and black sprinkles.
Chocolate Fairy Bread - Also known as 'hagelslag' or 'chocolate hail'. You could even add fresh banana slices for Indonesian style roti coklat.
Toast It - Toast the bread slices and make the recipe as normal, or swap the butter for one of the other spreads.
Not Enough Sugar? - Add clear sugar crystals on top of the sprinkles for extra sparkle.