When I first arrived in Japan many many years ago, so many things were new to me. Sure I've lived in Japan until I was 5, but I hardly remember. And even though I've visited Tokyo often in the past, I had never actually stayed for long, and most people will tell you that your experience will be completely different when you decide to live there.
Once I settled in, I found myself going to the convenience store a lot. A lot lot. Like everyday! No kidding! And one of the things that would catch my attention was the Japanese Fruit Sandwich. The first time I saw that thing, I just couldn't believe my eyes. But they sure looked pretty and while trying to decide whether they were supposed to be lunch or dessert, I decided to grab one for myself.
Back at home, I marveled at how beautiful they looked. As I took my first bite in anticipation, I was immediately hit with the aroma of strawberries. Once I bit into the soft pillowy bread, I knew I was hooked!!!
So one day I decided to try and replicate that sandwich but with a twist. Instead of making it look like a sandwich, I opted for a more cake-like appearance. I decided that although it was a sandwich, they tasted more like dessert.
So this is my take on the Japanese Fruit Sandwich and you won't believe how easy they are to make. It literally takes just a few ingredients and if you're craving a cake with no cake mix around, this is a great alternative. It's light, fluffy and oh so yummy!
INGREDIENTS (makes 2)3 Thinly-sliced bread (soft and fresh)
3/4 cup whipped cream
1 tablespoon strawberry jam
DIRECTIONSCut off the crusts of the bread. Slice strawberries. Reserve 2 whole strawberries for decoration. Spread jam on one side of a slice of bread to add moisture and flavor. Spread some whipped cream on top. Layer sliced strawberries. Add another layer of whipped cream on it and set aside. Spread jam on another slice of bread. Place this on top of the first layer jam side down. Add jam to the other side. Add whipped cream and strawberry slices, followed by more cream. Spread jam on the last piece of bread and place it on top jam side down. Spread the remainder of cream on top and slice into two. Place whole strawberries on top to decorate.