Saturday, August 23, 2008

Sweet & Fruity Sandwiches


Whoa. Yesterday, Hong Kong was hit by the third typhoon this summer. The third! OK. To most of us, office 9-5 people, it meant 2.5 additional days off (yippie!). But it was no fun for those who still had to work and those who were affected by the typhoon.

Banners and scaffoldings were blown off Hong Kong high rise buildings, just like the one near my place. Engineers were immediately called to remove the banner before it whacks something.


What do Hong Kongers do when the territory's hit by typhoon?
- Some chose to stay safe at home and watch the Olympics live on TV (normally, at work, people just kept refreshing their computer every 2 minutes, staring intently at the screen, watching every game's scores while clutching their mouse hard...it is hard to keep from screaming seeing the opponent of your favorite team winning hehe)
- Some played mahjong while watching the Olympics (talk about double betting, eh, God of Gamblers?)
- Some chose to catch a movie at the cinema
- Some decided to torture their friends by singing (mostly out of tune) their heart out in karaoke
- Some flocked at dimsum joints and had a gossipy yum cha
I bet it was no fun for those who worked at the cinema, karaoke and restaurants ;)
...and...
"Someone" chopped, peeled, sauteed, and cooked their azz off catching up to all the pending blogging events to participate in hehe. Here's what I came up with for Michelle of Greedy Gourmet's Snack Shot Event: Sandwich

Just Peachy

The day before typhoon signal no 8 was hoisted, I went to the market to find the market was almost empty. Everyone pretty much swept everything clean fearing lack of supply during the typhoon. Luckily, I could find some peaches and over ripe bananas (Yay! People dislike them, I absolutely love them!)

You can use pretty much any fruit you fancy for these sweet sandwiches. Bananas are my personal favorite and I never tried peaches before. I was amazed to see the lovely, blushing pink hues.

For these sandwiches, you'll need:
(recipe adapted from my favorite manga, Delicious!)
- 4 slices of bread (white or grain), remove crusts for a more delicate finish
- 4 tbsp butter, softened
- 2 tbsp sugar
- tiny little bit of vanilla
- 1 ripe peach, peeled, pitted, slice into 3mm pieces, sprinkle with a bit of sugar and cinnamon
- super ripe bananas (I love those small 11 cm ones), slice into 5mm pieces

Caramelized Bananas

Caramelised bananas with a bit of sugar and butter (tiny little bit). It gives you sweet and smoky flavor

Sweet Vanilla Fluffy Butter Spread

Whisk softened butter, sugar and a bit of vanilla until pale and fluffy. Spread on pieces of bread.

Sweet & Fruity Sandwiches

Arrange caramelized bananas on top of bread which has been spread with the sweet vanilla butter, you can add other things such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or chocolate. You can toast the bread and eat it hot.


Do the same with the peaches, spread the remaining sweet butter all over the bread, and refrigerate for about half hour before cutting if you want to consume them cold.


You can experiment with your favorite fruits, maybe kiwi, berries, grilled pineapple, canned fruit, or jams...and stack 'em high to create layer cake effect.

One down, a few more blog events to go hehehe...;)

30 comments:

Gay of A Scientist in the Kitchen said...

Those caramelized bananas are love...

Cakelaw said...

I have never tried a peach sandwich, but I am 100% with you on the banana sandwich. I have never tried them caramelised (byut looks great!) - I normally just slice them on the bread, sprinkle it with sugar and go for it. Hope the typhoons are now over for the season.

Lidia Sianturi said...

long wiken dong Rit? ampe kpn nih liburnya?
Caramelized banana...yummmmmm...
Penasaran baca judulnya td..buatku biasanya sandwich means savoury-salty sih..kecuali those lightly toasted peanut butter+honey sandwiches which I like to hv for breakfast!

SIG said...

Glad to hear that you are not that affected by the typhoon and that you got a break.

Passionate About Baking said...

Heard about the typhoons...hub got the last flight out of HKG & then the rest were xxld!! What a great sandwich idea...never seen any like this before. Must taste yum chilled too...delicious post!

eliza said...

peaches nya lain warnanya dari disini Rit, jenis apa itu? tuh peaches cocok kalo di poached di vanilla syrup! :D :D
serem ya kalo ada typhoon, apalagi kalo kerjanya di gedung tinggi...ayiiiee...aku sih ngibrit deh :D

glamah16 said...

The Ty[hoon brings out the best in you! Great ideas.

Simplicity said...

syukur semua selamet,
nah sandwich pisang ama butter cream wawawawawawww... endangg

daphne said...

ooo. Those caramelized bananas look sooo lovely and golden!!! I can see that with peanut butter too. hehee.

And stay safe mocha! I'm looking forward to more of entries for blogging events!

Mand said...

Your pictures are delish but I am a savoury sandwich person and will rather eat cakes n biccies than give those calories away to sweet sarnies. Will make exception for banana, Manuka honey and peanut butter sarnies on fancy brown bread when pretending to be healthy. I miss HongKong, was there for 6months only in '96. Keep safe thru the typhoons n enjoy the Olympics:)

Ning said...

I have never tried sweet sandwiches before. This looks interesting! caramelized bananas... must be yummy!

Dragon said...

Those carmelized bananas are making my mouth water. yum! I'm glad you are safe and sound, my friend.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Looks divine and very creative in using fruit! Do stay save from the typhoon ya.

tigerfish said...

I like it when they declare a holiday in typhoon...other than that...I dislike everything a natural disaster bring.

So nice to be at home, eating your sweet sandwiches. ya? :D

Girl Japan said...

Looking delish, did you know we can buy bread without the ends? Did you cut yours? It looks delish either way.

A.G said...

pisang goreng..... :) cute dessert :p

Mochachocolata Rita said...

thanks for the comments, guys!

i am a savoury person too...but i just fancy something different sometime hehe

and i agree...caramelized bananas are simply da bomb!

typhoon's over...as well as the olympics...now i'll get back to drooling over cooking shows at TLC ^_^

FFichiban said...

Yummm ^^ I go for the caramelized bananas with PB and a drizzle of chocolate mmmmm

SweetBites said...

Sorry about the devastation of the typhoon in Hong Kong. We, in Malaysia are not spared either. Strong winds and heavy rains had created much havoc. Your sandwiches look delish. Must try the peach sandwich.

Pam said...

My father used to make us banana, white sugar and butter sandwiches when we would go fishing as kids. Your sandwiches look beautiful and tasty - especially the peach!

Beachlover said...

Glad you hear you are OK..Hmmm never try fruit sandwich...loook yum yum!!especially the banana!!

Elsye said...

wahhhh baru tau iki aku Rit, ternyata roti dikasih buah2 keliatan nendanggg....:D

mikky said...

wow... something different... looks good too... :)

Kevin said...

I have never seen a peach with that colour. It looks really nice and those sandwiches sound great!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

oh! peaches aren't always this color? gosh...i thought this is the normal color of peach (mind you, previously, i have only seen canned peach)

Zen Chef said...

Did you use banana again!?
Riiita!
Peaches are usually orange or white.. i've seen nectarines with that color. Ummmm. ;-)

Lina said...

yuuuuum how sweet! Ive never been in a typhoon before!

Lina said...

yuuuuum how sweet! Ive never been in a typhoon before!

oggi said...

I love sweet anf ruity sandwiches too and I must try peaches and caramelized bananas!

BTW, I lived in Hong Kong for 3 years and never experienced a strong typhoon, we were lucky I suppose.:)

noobcook said...

wah... typhoon ... stay safe girl! at least you got a little break from work ;) these sandwiches are setting off a serious drool issue here, heehe