Soft, airy, refreshing with only 5 ingredients perfectly describe this Japanese Fruit Sandwich recipe. Made with fresh juicy fruit, coated in chilled airy whipped cream, and sandwiched between the softest pillowy milk bread. This Japanese fruit sandwich will brighten up your day with the first bite!
I love sandwiches. I especially love Japanese sandwiches. They are always so soft, delicious and so aesthetically pleasing. These Japanese sandwiches pop up almost everywhere in Japan in their convenience stores, grocery stores, department stores, etc. But now with this recipe, you don't have to travel all the way to Japan to enjoy this delightful snack!
What is a Japanese Fruit Sandwich?
A Japanese Fruit sandwich comprises three parts: 1) fruit, 2) whipped cream, and 3) milk bread. The sandwich is chilled and then sliced in half to expose the beautifully cut fruit in the center. One bite into the soft and pillowy milk bread paired with the creamy and fruity filling and you will understand why they are so popular in Japan.
Ingredients for This Recipe
- Fruits of choice: I chose strawberries, orange, and kiwi for this sandwich, but you can always opt for any fruit that you love. Typically, grapes, kiwis, mangos, peaches, and bananas are also popular choices for this sandwich.
- Milk Bread: Use Japanese Milk Bread or shokupan for this sandwich. If you don't want to make it from scratch which I totally get you can buy it at most Asian grocery stores. However, if you are not located near one, you can always opt for soft sliced white bread.
- Heavy whipping cream: Heavy whipping cream is used as the base to make the whipped cream.
- Sugar: The sugar is used to sweeten the whipped cream
- Vanilla: Because the whipped cream has so few ingredients in it, I recommend the best quality ingredients for the best flavor. I love using Rodelle's vanilla. It is made with quality ingredients and has the strongest flavor.
How to Make This Recipe
- Prep the fruit. For this recipe, I removed the core of strawberries, peeled and cut the kiwis in half, and carefully peeled the skin off of the oranges.
- Dry the fruit completely. Using paper towels, pat dry the fruit to remove any excess moisture from the fruit.
- Make the whipped cream. Take the whipping cream out of the refrigerator and immediately pour in a mixing bowl and using an electric mixer, whisk on low. Once bubbly add the sugar and vanilla and whisk at a higher speed until the cream thickens. The cream should have stiff peaks and spreadable consistency.
- Assemble the sandwich. Spread the whipped cream on one slice of bread Then align the fruit on that same slice. I wanted to cut my sandwich diagonally so I laid the fruit down on both diagonals like an X and then filled in the gaps to make an even layer of fruit. Fill the gaps with more whip cream. Place the second slice of bread on top.
- Freeze the sandwich to make the slicing easier. Wrap the sandwich in plastic wrap and use a permanent marker to mark the way you plan to slice the fruit. Place the sandwich between two plates and freeze for 30 minutes or in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
- If desired, slice off the crust and slice down the middle of the sandwich.
Tips For This Recipe
- Think ahead and plan out the way you want the fruit to look when you slice before making the sandwich. The way you want to slice the sandwich will determine how you place the fruit onto the sandwich.
- Wipe off excess water from the fruit to prevent the sandwich from being too runny.
- Try to use the same sized fruits for an even layered sandwich.
- Wrap the sandwich tightly with plastic wrap and weigh down the sandwich before you slice.
- Draw on the plastic wrap with a permanent marker to remember how you planned out the cut.
- Use a clean sharp knife in between each slice to not muddy your fruit with whipped cream.
This Japanese fruit sandwich is best enjoyed right away. You can also wrap the sandwich in plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator overnight before cutting the sandwich in half.