Fairy bread is Australia’s favorite Christmas snack for kids and nostalgic adults alike.
Take a detour down memory lane with this bright and colorful fairy bread Christmas tree. It’s fun, affordable, and easy to make with Santa’s little helpers.
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!
So 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.
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, till 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.
Now, to make your very own fairy bread Christmas tree, 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 color 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!
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?
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- 8 slices fluffy white bread
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- ½ cup sprinkles (or 100’s & 1000’s)
- Spread butter on each piece of bread all the way to the edge.
- Cover with colored 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.