Fruit Sando - Japanese Fruit Sandwich
This is the perfect, most refreshing, summer treat that we all need. It's light and sweet, and fruity, and the bread gives it a nice chew, and it's just all-around amazing. It's also the perfect addition to this month's Improv Cooking Challenge with the theme of Blueberries and Dairy. I had several ideas, some savory, and some really unique. All of them would have been delicious but this recipe just really needs to be made, and I'm so sad I didn't get to it sooner.
Fruit Sando is believed to have been invented around the 1920s in Tokyo Japan. It's believed to have been created before then but was popularized in Shinjuku Takano Fruit Parlor in 1926. It's so popular it's still on their menu. Strawberry sando is the most popular, but strawberries, mangoes, and kiwi are the original. My favorite was the berries ones for sure.
The bread that is used is Japanese milk bread, a sweet enriched bread. There are recipes out there for making your own Japanese bread, but I went with something that was close. You want to use white bread, but one that isn't flimsy. The bread needs to have a bit of heft and solidity while being sweetish, and it needs to taste good on its own. Basically, you want something that is both sturdy and light. Also, nothing garlic flavored. I chose Aldi's artisanal loaf bread, which I think is a knock-off of Sara Lee's Artesano bread. Both are excellent.
Improv Cooking Challenge
Blue Berries & Dairy