Fairy Bread

When I was schooling in Malaysia, rather than taking packed lunch from home, my lunches mostly came from my school canteen which were ridicously cheap (when I look back) and comparable to street food in Malaysia. On occasion, I caught ladies working from the nearby offices sneaked into my school canteen for lunch (despite against the school policy). How disrespectful eh? Anyway, the canteen consisted of 4 -5 food stalls selling food from sandwiches, air batu campur (shaved iced with syrup and jelly)  to nasi lemak (coconut rice with curry). It’s worth mentioning the hokkein mee (chilli prawn noodle soup) in my school was quite popular among residents in the area.  Hence, every recess time was like a trip down the hustle and bustle of Asian street markets.

While reminiscing my childhood school lunch,  I was brought to my attention by a friend that I’ve missed out on fairy bread.   The girlie-girl  in me is still drawn to anything that is pink as well as the sweet and mystical fairy floss. Despite running the risk of sugar overdose, I still can’t outgrow myself from fairy floss and is the reason that I’m still going to fun fairs. Age maybe a factor that stops me  from dressing up like a fairy and waving a wand, it definitely won’t stop me from making fairy bread! :)

So, what’s your favourite childhood packed lunch?

(By the way,  I really like Melissa (from the Hungry Artist)’s recipe on Grilled Portobello Mushroom Eggplant Parmesan Rounds which is chosen to be one of the seven finalists of the 2010 Cooking Light Ultimate Reader Recipe Contest (check out her blog post here). Unfortunately, I’m not eligible to vote for her recipe due to living outside the United States. So if you like her recipe, please vote for her  here. Thanks! :))

Fairy Bread

(adapted from delicious.sweet)

Makes 20


1 loaf sliced white/wholemeal bread

Unsalted butter / Nutella, to spread

Pink & white 100s and 1,000s / sprinkles


1. Lay the bread on a chopping board and spread with the butter/Nutella.

2. Using a cookie cutter, cut shapes out of each slice of bread.

3. Place the sprinkles on a plate. Press the bread, spread-side down, into the sprinkles to coat. If you wish to create patterns, add the sprinkles with your fingers.

34 Responses to Fairy Bread
  1. chocolatesuze
    July 12, 2010 | 8:16 am

    fairy bread makes me happy and so does fairy floss and pink lemonade!

    • Emily
      July 15, 2010 | 2:26 am

      This combination would make a pretty pink themed party. :)

  2. The Kitchen Masochist
    July 12, 2010 | 9:13 am

    I love the name. There’s something so wholesome and childlike about the name “fairy bread.” Your fairy bread looks as pretty as it sounds. However, I don’t think I can handle all those sugary sprinkles though.

    • Emily
      July 15, 2010 | 2:30 am

      Thanks for your comment. I totally agree with you about the sugary sprinkles. That said, it wouldn’t hurt to have them once in a while (plus I only made three pieces so it is not too bad :P). Also underneath the colorful and sugary coats lies the wholesome wheat bread. Hence it is not all bad, hehe! :D

  3. Joy
    July 12, 2010 | 5:10 pm

    Very cute. It is great for my daughter.

    • Emily
      July 15, 2010 | 2:31 am

      Thanks Joy. I hope she will like it! :)

  4. Baking Serendipity
    July 12, 2010 | 6:06 pm

    The inner girlie-girl in me loves these :) Making these would be such a great activity to do with my little cousins. They would love them!

    • Emily
      July 15, 2010 | 2:36 am

      I think the fairy bread appeals to children and adult. I truly enjoyed the process of making them and if you have a wide range of cookie cutters, sprinkles and toppings (actually I intend to try with honey, sesame seed, crushed nuts etc), the process will be a blast!

  5. jean
    July 12, 2010 | 10:09 pm

    I say we all remained kids at heart, more people would be happy. This looks like a fun, delicious treat for young and old. :-)

    • Emily
      July 15, 2010 | 2:39 am

      Hi Jean,
      I completely agree with you! And, thanks for dropping by my site. :)

  6. anyonita
    July 12, 2010 | 10:46 pm

    aw that looks so pretty! :) so simple as well!

    • Emily
      July 15, 2010 | 2:41 am

      Hi Anyonita,

      Thanks. Pretty things don’t have to be complicated, no?

  7. melissa@the hungry artist
    July 12, 2010 | 11:26 pm

    My son had this in class when two classmate’s fathers from Australia came to talk for “Australia Day”. Unfortunately, I just heard about it from him and didn’t get to try it. But the recipe looks so simple!

    The school lunch of your childhood sounds absolutely amazing!! I never ate cafeteria lunches at school (California) — soggy corn dogs, hamburgers, greasy french fries. Yuck.

    Once when I was about six, my mom packed me a Japanese obento and some boys started making fun of me, making karate sounds. My friend stood up for me, and I was mortified, and told my mom to make only sandwiches from then on. I would have much rather had your school lunch experience!

    • Emily
      July 15, 2010 | 2:50 am

      Hi Melissa,

      Oh you poor thing…that said, not many children know how to appreciate healthy lunch until they get a bit older. I’m the perfect example. :P
      While I don’t have issues sandwiches, burgers and fries for lunch, I would love to have Japanese obento for lunch everyday!

  8. A Little Yumminess
    July 13, 2010 | 12:31 am

    My daughter will LOVE these. I won’t but she will. :)

    • Emily
      July 15, 2010 | 2:52 am

      If you don’t like the sprinkles, I’m thinking maybe you can add finely chopped nuts and dried fruits?

  9. Kristen
    July 13, 2010 | 2:47 am

    What a great treat for the kid in all of us! My little girl is going to love these. Thanks for the idea!

    • Emily
      July 15, 2010 | 2:54 am

      Hi Kristen,

      Thanks for your comment. I hope she’ll like it, and just make sure she doesn’t have too much of it! :P

  10. Linn @ Swedish Home Cooking
    July 14, 2010 | 8:00 am

    That is an adorable treat! I wanna be five years old again. :p

  11. melissa@the hungry artist
    July 14, 2010 | 2:21 pm

    Thanks for the link!
    :) :) :)


    • Emily
      July 15, 2010 | 2:55 am

      You are welcome! I hope you’ll get the top prize this time.:)

  12. Helen (grabyourfork)
    July 14, 2010 | 2:26 pm

    Such a gorgeous idea. So cute! Must remember this for the next adults wanna be kids party!

    • Emily
      July 15, 2010 | 2:55 am

      Thanks Helen, that’s a good idea!

  13. melissa@the hungry artist
    July 14, 2010 | 2:46 pm

    By the way, I just saw you are in the Top 9 today!!


    • Emily
      July 15, 2010 | 2:55 am

      Thanks Melissa!

  14. Ambika's Kitchen
    July 14, 2010 | 5:21 pm

    Congrats on the top 9!! I love your fairy bread..it indeed looks magical :)

    • Emily
      July 15, 2010 | 2:55 am

      Thanks Ambika. Glad that you like it. :)

  15. Adelina
    July 15, 2010 | 12:34 am

    I will have to try this with my girls. Thanks for the post!

    • Emily
      July 15, 2010 | 2:56 am

      Hi Adelina,

      Have fun making them! Thanks for visiting my site. :)

  16. PlainChicken
    July 15, 2010 | 12:38 am

    SO cute!

    • Emily
      July 15, 2010 | 2:57 am

      Hi Steph,

      Thanks for dropping by my site. :)

  17. Foodie in Berlin
    July 17, 2010 | 8:21 pm

    I have never seen this before. How pretty! Children must love it!

  18. Kemberly Holvey
    November 29, 2010 | 8:43 am

    I generally do not post in Blogs but your blog forced me to, amazing work.. beautiful

  19. jumby
    May 10, 2011 | 11:41 pm

    i love fairy bread! so yummy if you like it to you should watch hey hey its ester blueburger (NOT EXACT SPELLING) ! hooked on this moive look for it on netflix or online

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