This Japanese fruit sandwich, a.k.a fruit sando, is a Japanese sandwich made with fresh strawberries and kiwi, sliced white bread or shokupan, and fresh sweet whipped cream! These colorful dessert sandwiches are the best snack or dessert for a picnic with family and friends! The beautiful fruit designs are irresistibly cute. get your kawaii fruit sando at home!
Japan and its kawaii innovative dessert
You may think like me, Japanese desserts like never-ending tired with their cute innovation to make cute things, especially for us, girlies. After making ichigo daifuku mochi in a previous post hereIchigo Daifuku Mochi: Japanese Fruit Sandwich (Fruit Sando)
Now, we’re moving into other fruit-based dessert options. This Japanese sando will be in your fridge on 5 minutes to prepare. Oh, well, you could ask for them to be easy to make. You might be thinking that something this gorgeous would be complicated, but it isn’t at all! In fact, fruit sandwiches are incredibly simple.
The filling is just sweet whipped cream, while fresh, juicy fruit does all the heavy lifting in terms of flavor and texture. Let’s take a closer look. This way much easier recipe and a little bit of ingredients. So, do not worry if you’re a pro or newbie in baking or cooking class. I believe you will do this perfectly!
This snack will be perfect for breakfast, and also great for a picnic together with family.
What is Japanese Fruit Sando?
A Japanese fruit sandwich is also called a “fruit sando,” and they originated in Japan. The exact timing and place are a bit unclear, but this delicate sandwich idea may have been around in Tokyo since the 1920s or even earlier. Either way, fruit sando is now popular worldwide, and with good reason!
The word “sando” is short for sandwich. In Japan, fruit sandos are found in hip patisseries as well as at corner convenience stores, wrapped in clear plastic to reveal the delicate layers. you can find this in local supermarkets such as 7-Eleven in Japan.
It’s filled with fresh whipped cream and sandwiched between two layers of soft, fluffy milk bread, also known as shokupan in Japan. The crust is usually cut off and the sandwich is cut in half to reveal the fruit and cream filling. And while it may sound heavy, it’s actually quite refreshing. Both the milk bread and whipped cream are airy and light so the fruit really shines, colorful and of course pretty!
What do you need to Make a Japanese Fruit Sandwich?
- Bread; use Japanese shokupan if you can find it. This sandwich requires resting in the fridge for a couple of hours. Japanese shokupan will not get dry easily in the fridge. Also, Shokupan has a touch of sweetness to it already and adds a soft fluffy element to the sandwich. Here, I use white bread with a soft sliced texture, since I can’t find any shokupan here you can also use fluffy white sandwich bread that is thick in width; however, there may be slight taste differences.
- Sweetened Whipping Cream; I use instant sweetened whipping cream. I recommend you to use full fat and avoid the light ones. You don’t need additional sugar if you’re using sweetened already. Cream with a high ratio of butterfat works best for Fruit Sandwiches because the juicy fruit inside waters down the cream
- Fruit. I use Strawberry and Kiwi. Strawberry contains less water, moreover Strawberries and cream are a classic combo that works so well together. meanwhile, the kiwi has a sturdy interesting cut surface. For other fruit options, you can use oranges and grapes. The fillings are versatile so you can use whatever your favorite fruits are or use seasonal fruits and bananas.
WHAT OTHER FRUIT CAN I USE FOR A FRUIT SANDWICH?
The possibilities here are pretty endless. When choosing fruit for Fruit Sandwiches, there are some qualities you want to look for:
- Ripe fruit – The most important thing is that you’re using ripe fruit, but not over-riped because it will change the flavor. which is both sweet and flavorful. This is why the fruit used in these sandwiches usually changes with the seasons.
- Vibrant colors – While this isn’t usually a problem, as most ripe fruits are also colorful, you’ll want to think about the color palette of your sandwich as you pick the fruit out. Pretty things always catch some attention, right?
- Not too juicy – while citrus fruit like oranges and grapefruit can be colorful and a nice option to add to a fruit sandwich. They are so watery that they need to eat right away or the cream will start to dissolve.
- For best results, use fresh fruit that’s in season and firm enough to hold its shape. Strawberries, mangos, oranges, kiwis, blueberries, or peaches make great fruit alternatives. Mix and match with your Preference
How to Make Japanese Fruit Sandwich
To make this fruit sando a.k.a Japanese fruit sandwich, First, Pat dry all the fruits with a paper towel and set aside.
Next, In a bowl beat whipping cream with a hand mixer until hard peak.
Then, line a piece of bread on your working surface, and spread evenly a little whipped cream on top of the bread. You can do;
First, Arrange 5 strawberries on the edge and center of the bread. Second, 4 strawberries on the edge, and the last kiwi on the center of the bread.
Now, Spread more whipped cream on top of the fruits to fill in the gap between fruit and top it with another slice of bread.
Do not forget to wrap each sandwich with plastic wrap and draw a line with a marker to mark a cut line. Refrigerate for a minimum 1 hour.
After 1 hour, for the last step unwrap the sandwich then remove the crust and slice the sandwich in half.
Finally, serve immediately and enjoy!
I really love how pretty this turned out and I didn’t screw up the direction of the fruit when I cut this lol. Hope you enjoy this as much as I do.
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Japanese Fruit Sandwich
- 4 slice Bread
- 9 Strawberry
- ½ Kiwi
- ½ cup Sweetened Whipping Cream
Pat dry all the fruits with a paper towel and set aside.
In a bowl beat whipping cream with a hand mixer until hard peak.
Line a piece of bread on your working surface, spread evenly a little whipped cream on top of the bread.
Arrange 5 strawberries on the edge and center of the bread, then 4 strawberries on the edge and kiwi on the center of the bread.
Spread more whipped cream on top of the fruits to fill in the gap between fruit and top it with another slice of bread.
Wrap each sandwich with plastic wrap and draw a line with a marker to mark a cut line. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
After 1 hour, unwrap the sandwich then remove the crust and slice the sandwich in a half. Serve immediately and enjoy!