Updated: Sep 29, 2021
Here's my latest Japanese fruit sandwich - raspberries and blueberries held in a layer of sweet whipped cream and ricotta cheese. These "sando" really should carry a public health warning as they're completely addictive! Japanese sando are simplicity itself to make - 15 minutes and they're done and ready to gobble up.
If you want the presentational look of the ones in the picture, the trick is to fill the sandwiches with fruit but leave a cross shape in the middle of your slice of bread (about the width of 2 berries). after you've cut your sandwiches into quarters, you then push more fruit into the cream along the edge of the cut.
If you're not so bothered about the appearance, just fill them completely with fruit, then slice - they won't look quite so attractive but they will taste every bit as good. Serve at teatime, coffee time - actually just anytime you fancy a fruity treat. My only other tip is to resist overfilling your sandwich. An authentic Japanese sando isn't stuffed to bursting point - the idea is to retain the shape and proprtion of a traditional sandwich.
ps: Kids absolutely love these, so they make a great party platter as well. You can find the written recipe just below and for the youtube tutorial click Japanese berry fruit sandwich or scroll to the bottom of the page.
Happy cooking! Kurumi XXXX.
If you want more fruit sando inspiration, take a look at my Strawberry & Kiwi fruit Sando here.
Japanese Berry fruit Sandwich
(makes 2 sandwiches)
4 thin slices of soft white bread
70g blueberries, rinsed
120g raspberries, rinsed
130ml whipping cream
2 tbsp ricotta
1 tbsp sugar
whisk the cream until it holds firm peaks
add the ricotta & sugar, then whisk again briefly to mix
cut the crusts from the bread
spread 1/4 of the cream onto each slice
place the raspberries & blueberries on one slice but leave a cross shape in the middle - about the width of 2 berries side by side
place one slice on top of the other, press lightly enough to form your sandwich but not so hard that the filling oozes out from the edges
carefully slice the sandwich into quarters
open the sandwich and set each quarter on end to expose the sides without fruit
if you want the best decorative effect, push more whole berries into the cream
your berry fruit sandwiches are ready. these are an ideal teatime accompaniment to a cup of tea or coffee