Matcha Pancake Fruit Sando
Said to have been invented from the love of fresh fruit, Japanese fruit sandwiches - or fruit sando - have been around for over a century. For several years now, the popularity of this visually stunning sandwich has been blossoming, to the point where it can be found almost anywhere from cafes and restaurants to convenience stores. Thanks to its popularity, recipes for this special sweet snack using pillowy milk bread are plentiful. Here's our version of fruit sando, substituting milk bread with matcha flavored matcha pancakes; a hint of bitterness in matcha balances the sweet flavors from the cream and the fruit.
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Beautiful Japanese fruit sandwich uniting the bitterness from the matcha with the sweetness from the fruit in perfect harmony."
- 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
- 2 Tablespoons Sugar
- Assorted Fruits
1. Mix the pancake mix, 1 large egg, and 1/2 cup milk in a bowl to make a batter. Do not overmix.
2. Preheat the griddle/pan on medium heat.
3. Lightly grease the griddle/pan and pour about 1/2 batter to make pancakes. You will need at least 2 pancakes for the sandwich.
4. Once small bubbles form on the surface of the pancake (about 2-4 minutes), flip and cook for another 2 minutes. Once cooked on both sides, set aside.
5. Pour heavy cream in a bowl and whisk until a peak is formed. Gradually add sugar while whipping. Reduce or increase the amount of sugar to your taste. Set aside.
6. Rinse the fruit and cut them into large shapes. The shapes and placement of the fruit will eventually determine the way they look when the sandwich is sliced in half. As a guide, match all fruits to be similar sizes (half of a strawberry) for a beautiful display. We recommend avoiding fruits that can make the sandwich soggy and opt for dryer fruit like strawberries, kiwis, and papayas, but seasonality of the fruit is also something you want to think about.
7. On one of the pancakes, spread a layer of whipped cream (1/8 - 1/4 inch tall).
8. Pat the fruits dry and place them on the cream. Make sure to place them neatly on diagonal lines where the sandwich will be sliced later so that the cross section will have a beautiful assortment of fruits.
9. Add another layer of cream to fill the gaps, then put the other pancake on top.
10. Wrap the sandwich in a plastic wrap and west in a fridge for 1-2 hours. This will help make it easier to slice later.
11. Cut off the edges of the sandwich to make a square. The pieces you cut off will be for you to snack on as you complete the sandwich.
12. Slice the sandwich diagonally. Serve and dig in!
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