This Japanese convenience-store snack can be easily re-created at home with a few ingredients. Be sure to choose fruits of the same size, so that the sandwich ends up being level. Strawberries can be easily substituted for sliced oranges, kiwis, grapes, or peaches for a more colorful sandwich.
- Make the homemade whipped cream: In a cold medium-size bowl (stick it in the freezer for a few minutes), add the heavy cream and use an electric whisk it until cream thickens.
- Add sugar and continue to whisk until you get soft peaks. It should be spreadable, not runny.
- Spread the whipped cream on the four slices of bread.
- On two slices of bread, arrange three or four similar-size strawberries diagonally across (keeping in mind you'll be cutting the sandwich and the line of strawberries in half to reveal the cross section).
- Add a few more strawberries of similar size for the rest of the sandwich. Do not overcrowd.
- Spread more whipped cream on top of the strawberries to fill in the gaps between the fruits.
- Combine the two strawberry-topped slices of bread with the remaining two slices of whipped cream-topped bread.
- Cover with plastic wrap tightly and remember which way you arranged the diagonal line of strawberries. (Mark the diagonal with a Sharpie on the plastic wrap, if needed.)
- Refrigerate for at least one hour before slicing. This will allow the sandwich to firm up, and it will hold up better when cutting later on.
- Open up the plastic wrap and cut the sandwich in half diagonally with a serrated bread knife, pressing down gently. Then cut off crusts.
- Serve immediately.
Tatiana Bautista is an assistant editor at TASTE.