Stay Home: 5 Simple and Kawaii Fruit Sandwiches to Try Making During the Lockdown

24.April.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

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Right now, people across the globe are in self-isolation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The same goes for Japan too, so we’ve taken this opportunity to create a new series on the website to show how we’re spending time at home here in Japan. The future is yet uncertain, and we hope for normality to return for all of us soon. We created a new articles series called Stay Home with which we hope to take your mind off the situation, even for just a little bit, to help you feel calmer. It might give you some tips on what you can do while spending time at home.

 

In this edition of Stay Home, we’re taking a look at five simple and kawaii fruit sandwiches that have been featured with the trending Japanese hashtag #おうちカフェ (“Cafe at Home”). Stuck for ideas for breakfast, lunch, or snacks? Then try making one of these super simple yet mouth-watering recipes.

 

1: Fruit Sandwich @tgm___n

naho’s fruit sandwich is layered in a specific way to make the fruit look like flowers. You can add an artistic touch to your sandwiches with just a bit of prep.

 

Ingredients
・Bread ・Yogurt ・Strawberries ・Grapes

 

Method
1: Add Greek yogurt to the sandwich.
2: Cut the strawberries and grapes in a cross-section and stuff into the bread.
3: Wrap and leave in the refrigerator for one hour. Slice down the middle and you’re done!

 

2: Dot Open Sandwiches @mari.asakanon

Mari’s has served their fruit sandwich open-style and with plenty of fruit. The fresh cream and cream cheese adds a richness to the sandwich.

 

Ingredients
・Bread ・Fresh cream ・Cream cheese ・Fruits of your choice

 

Method
1: Layer cream cheese over the bread slices and then the fresh cream.
2: Top with your assorted fruit.
3: Cut into bite-size slices and tuck in!

 

3: Strawberry Cake Style Fruit Sandwich @_ll_rire_ll_

riE.’s fruit sandwich is just like a cake! By arranging it correctly, she has transformed her sandwich into a strawberry dessert.

 

Ingredients
・Bread ・Strawberries ・Fresh Cream ・Honey ・Cinnamon

 

Method
1: Slice a thick cut of bread in half and fill with fresh cream and strawberries.
2: Spread fresh cream on the outside and top with strawberries
3: Drizzle with honey, sprinkle with a little lemon, and enjoy!

 

4: Cocoa Bagel Fruit Sandwich @chiezzz8

chie’s fruit sandwich is made using homemade cocoa bagels and ponkan orange, creating a sweet and sour flavour combination.

 

Ingredients
・Cocoa bagels ・Ponkan orange ・Greek yogurt ・Cream cheese

 

Method
1: Mix Greek yogurt and cream cheese to a ratio of 1:1.
2: Cut the bagels in half and add your yogurt and cream cheese mix.
3: Add the ponkan orange and enjoy!

 

5: Hot Banana & Oreo Crispy Tiramisu Sandwich @ks.daidokoro

Kancho makes lots of different hot sandwich recipes. This is a simple one you can make using a frying pan.

 

Ingredients
・2 slices of bread ・5 Oreo Crispy Tiramisu ・Greek yogurt to taste ・1 banana ・30g shredded cheese ・Cinnamon powder to taste ・Honey to taste

 

Method

1: Top one slice of bread with Greek yogurt and add half the shredded cheese.
2: Add the Oreos (and fill the empty spaces with smashed Oreos).
3: Top with sliced banana, the cinnamon powder, and honey.
4: Add Greek yogurt and the rest of the shredded cheese to your other slice of bread.
5: Toast in a frying pan and press. Fry until both sides are a light brown and enjoy!

 

Bring the cafe experience into your own home with one of these 5 simple recipes.

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    Carrot & Cream Cheese Chawanmushi

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    20ml soy sauce
    120ml Mikawa Mirin
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    18g cream cheese
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    Carrot & Cream Cheese Chawanmushi

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    –How’s the taste?


    Misa Kimura: “It works really well with the mirin. The chawanmushi is like a sweet treat. It’s super easy to make too, so I think I’ll be making it at home!”

     

    Mirin is indispensable to any Japanese cupboard and can be used in many ways, whether it be a classic Japanese dish or a dessert like this one.

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    This authentic brand of mirin is made using a traditional method of Japanese brewing which blends in the delicious taste of rice. It’s so delicious that you just want to drink the whole bottle. A high quality mirin, it has a distinct sweetness, colour, and texture. It has a rich flavour, and the taste of the rice elevates the flavours of its ingredients.

     

    Mikawa Mirin Official Website: http://www.mikawamirin.jp/
    Official Online Store: http://mikawamirin.jp/product/product_step1.php?m=n
    Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mikawamirin

     

    Recipe


    This recipe was conceived by ITEMAE, a famous restaurant serving Japanese cuisine that is listed in the Michelin Guide.

     

    Model: Misa Kimura
    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto

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