So, after last week's adventure with Bubble Tea, I determined to continue widening our culinary horizons and subject... I mean... expose... my children to this exotic delicacy.
Of course, what's not to like about bread covered with brightly colored, crunchy, sugary bits? My children took to it immediately with gusto and delight. (Was I surprised? Not in the least.)
My favorite thing about fairy bread (besides the pretty nonpareils) is the origin of the name. It's said to be called after a poem by Robert Lewis Stevenson.
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.
My older son preferred a variation of fairy bread which substitutes Nutella for butter, however my little one was happy either way. If you would like to read a precise (and very funny) recipe for fairy bread, have a look here. And for an entertaining discussion of this (ahem) scrumptious & nutritious snack click here.
Addendum :: It is implied in the article linked above that, in Australia, fairy bread might be substituted for cake at children's birthday parties, however I have been informed by Australian readers that this would never be the case! To read further about treats (besides fairy bread) served at children's parties in Australia, you can have a look here and here.