Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Fairy Bread & An Australian Farewell

As another DC-ite(?) friend flies the coop, I decided to honor his home country in this week's post.  My friend Andrew (not my brother in law) is an Australian who has called DC home for years and is now moving to Europe — where he will start a new chapter as a betrothed man.  We will miss him here! So, here's to a great Australian! 

My crack at Fairy Bread.
The traditional triangles and my most Australian cookie cutter ... A kangaro.
... Yes, I know he looks more like a T-Rex. 

Australian Fairy Bread

2 Tbs Butter, melted
2 Pieces White Bread 
Sprinkles, poured on a plate

Tear crust off bread and cut into triangles.  It can also be prepared with cookie cutters. 
Dip bread into butter on one side.
Pat buttered side in sprinkles. 

I'm sorry .... What is Fairy Bread? 

Fairy Bread is a common snack found at children's parties in Australia and New Zealand.  The whimsical sweet is usually cut into triangles, but modern parties boast cookie cutter shaped pastries.  They are topped with hundreds of sprinkles, befitting the adorable name.  Many guess the origin of the recipe stems from the Robert Louis Stevenson poem below, published in the late 19th Century.  

Robert Louis Stevenson
A Child’s Garden of Verses and Underwoods

Fairy Bread 
COME up here, O dusty feet! 
Here is fairy bread to eat. 
Here in my retiring room, 
Children, you may dine 
On the golden smell of broom 
And the shade of pine; 
And when you have eaten well, 
Fairy stories hear and tell.

1 comment:

  1. In Australia, "sprinkles" are called "hundreds and thousands".


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