Japanese Sando is basically soft, fluffy milk bread (known as shokupan in Japan) filled with lightly sweetened whipped cream and juicy seasonal fruits (strawberries, kiwi, grapes, mango and oranges are commonly used).
The fruits are positioned strategically to ensure an artful cross section. The sandwich is then wrapped tightly in a plastic wrap and refrigerated for at least one hour before slicing. They are delicious, refreshing and so pretty to look at..you can have it for breakfast, teatime or as a dessert. It would be a hit with kids n adults alike. Have fun playing around with different fruits n patterns…and share pictures if you give it a try.
Japanese milk bread or white fluffy sandwich bread – 4 – 6 slices
Heavy whipping cream – 1 cup
Powdered sugar – 2 – 2.5 tbsp
Fruits (Strawberries, grapes, orange, mango, banana, kiwi etc)
1. Place the heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar in a large bowl and using a hand mixer, whip until medium peaks form.
2. Spread the whipped cream on two slices of bread (I spread it on only one bread).
3. On one bread slice, arrange 4 – 5 similar-sized strawberries (or mango/kiwi etc) diagonally across (keeping in mind that you will be cutting the sandwich diagonally to reveal the cross section). Add more strawberries / fruits to the remaining portion, if you wish. Spread a little more whipped cream on top of the strawberries to fill in the gap between the fruits (I don’t have a picture of this step).
4. Combine the two slices of bread. Cover tightly with a plastic wrap and remember or using a marker pen, mark the diagonal that you will be slicing later on.
5. Refrigerate for at least one hour before slicing. This will allow the sandwich to hold up better when cutting later on. Clean your knife after slicing each time so that the bread would not get smeared with whipped cream. Enjoy!!
For open sandwich
Spread whipped cream on a slice of bread. Top it with thinly sliced fruits (strawberry, mango, kiwi, orange etc). Place another slice of bread on top and gently trim the edges. Remove the bread on top to reveal a beautiful pattern.