Brighten your day with this Strawberry Sando (Japanese Fruit Sandwich), made with fluffy milk bread packed with sweet whipped cream and fresh strawberries. This decadent sandwich is so easy to make, requires only 4 ingredients, and the ultimate treat to indulge in for breakfast or dessert!
What is a Strawberry Sando?
Though it may seem unusual at first, fruit sandwiches have been a longtime trend in Asian food culture, tracing back to Japan as its main origin. These sandwiches are an incredibly popular item in Japanese cafes and convenience stores, adored by many for its cute aesthetic as well as its delicious taste.
These fruit sandwiches are filled with fresh fruits and whipped cream between slices of Japanese milk bread, also known as shokupan. Symmetrically shaped strawberries or other fresh fruits make the centerpiece of the sandwich, as well as the sweetened whipped cream that truly makes it all to be heavenly.
Every bite of this sandwich is a burst of sweet and juicy flavor, which makes it to be one of the most refreshing sandwiches to indulge in during the summertime. Strawberry sando in particular reminds me of strawberry shortcake but in sandwich form, making it to be the most convenient way to satisfy that cake craving at 8 am.
How do you make a Japanese Fruit Sandwich?
These sandwiches come in many different forms, depending on the fruit that you choose to use. My personal favorite way to make these is with fresh strawberries and a whole lot of whipped cream, for that burst of flavor in each bite! Here are the simple ingredients you will need:
- Fresh strawberries, or any fruit of your choice. Other popular fruits include orange, kiwi, mango, or blueberries. You can also mix and match if you prefer!
- Heavy whipping cream and white sugar to sweeten
- Fluffy milk bread, preferably shokupan
And that’s it! Just four simple ingredients and you’re all set to make these delicious fruit sandwiches in the comfort of your home. The only tool I recommend using is a hand mixer, as it will save you A LOT of energy in whipping the cream. I use the KitchenAid Ultra Power Mixer, which has been a life-saver for many years in the kitchen.
Tips for making the most ✨aesthetic✨ strawberry sando
- Be sure to use the fluffiest milk bread you can find, the taste of milk bread complements the filling perfectly but it also will help with the clean aesthetic.
- Use big, plump strawberries for that extra *thicc*ness in the sandwich.
- Spread the sandwich with lots and lots of whipped cream. You don’t want any bald spots for the cuts!
- Visually plan out the sandwich prior to assembling, so the cuts reveal the half-sliced strawberries. You can take a photo or mark the plastic wrap for reference, as they will be chilled in the fridge for 20 minutes prior to cutting.
- Tightly wrap the sandwich, as it will help to bring the filling together.
- This is optional, but I prefer to cut off the crust prior to cutting for the clean aesthetic. This makes for the perfect time to snack on that extra crust with whipped cream – giving your taste buds a little preview. 😉
- Use an extra sharp and big knife to make those clean, perfect cuts. Also, be sure to wipe your knife for each cut to avoid any mess!
With these essential tips in mind, you should be able to make the most beautiful strawberry sando ever. This is hands down one of the most visually aesthetic desserts, perfect to impress on social media! If you decide to make these sandwiches, don’t forget to tag me @cookerru. I absolutely love seeing your creations!
I hope you enjoy this easy and delicious recipe, and please leave me a comment below or message me on Instagram if you have any questions.
Other Dessert recipes you may like:
- Mango Sticky Rice
- Strawberry Cream Puffs
- Ultra-Moist Banana Bread
- Double Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Vanilla Madeleines
- Peanut Butter Cookies
- Churro Waffles
Strawberry Sando (Japanese Fruit Sandwich)
- 9 fresh strawberries more or less depending on the size of the bread
- 200 ml heavy whipping cream
- 2 tbsp white sugar
- 2 slices fluffy milk bread preferably shokupan
- Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer, whip the heavy cream and sugar on high speed until medium peaks form, about 3-4 minutes.
- Spread a generous amount of whipped cream, top with hulled strawberries, then finish off by spreading whipped cream on top and the sides, ensuring there are no empty spots.
- Wrap the sandwich tightly in plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
- Carefully remove the sandwich from the plastic wrap, and cut the crusts off (optional). Slice into 4 equal portions and enjoy!