Looking for creative ways to incorporate fruits into your kid’s diet? Then you have to try this fresh fruit cream cheese sandwich. The creamy spread, succulent fruits and soft bread make it easy for little hands to enjoy.
This easy cream cheese sandwich is incredibly simple to make with minimal ingredients. Kids can make this recipe themselves with minimal help and adult supervision.
Kids can choose their favourite fruits, bread, and spread to create a fun and interesting sandwich. Making their own creamcheese sandwich with fresh fruits will soon become a favourite activity for kids.
To make the sandwich more appealing to toddlers and young kids, cut it into fun shapes using cookie cutters. This is an excellent way to keep kids engaged and motivate them to prepare their own creamcheese sandwich and savour fresh fruits without any hassle.
While cooking with kids sounds lovely, kid’s safety should be given the utmost importance. Do not allow kids to use a sharp knife. These specially designed plastic knives for kids are an excellent alternative that minimizes the risk of accidental cuts.
Why kids will love this sandwich?
Its fun to make with basic ingredients
An ideal treat to get kids to learn kitchen skills
Versatile dish and can be customised to suit kid's requirements
- Bread: We have used soft white bread but feel free to use whatever variety your kids like.
- Fruits: Strawberries, brown and green grapes and clementines (easy peelers) are used here.
- Spread: Plain cream cheese has been used to spread.
See the recipe card for quantities.
How to make a fruit sandwich?
First, wash and dry the strawberries and grapes. Next, peel the clementine and set all the fruits aside.
Trim the crust from the sides of the bread.
Spread a layer of cream cheese on one side of all bread slices.
Arrange the fruits on top of the bread covered with cream cheese.
Encourage the child to get creative by arranging and layering different fruits for a visually attractive presentation.
Make a sandwich by placing a second slice of bread over the fruit-covered bread. Press gently to secure the layers.
Cut the fruity sandwich into halves or quarters and serve immediately.
Other Sandwich Filling Ideas
Bread Variations: Swap out regular bread for a bagel, pita pocket, or a buttery croissant for a more indulgent treat.
Nut Butter: Substitute cream cheese with almond butter or peanut butter for a nutty flavour.
Cream: You could use mascarpone cheese, greek yogurt or heavy whipping cream (also called heavy cream) for a light and fluffy texture
Other Fruits: Try mango, pineapple, banana or blueberries for a change of flavour.
Dried Fruits: Incorporate dried fruits like raisins, dried cranberries, or apricots for added sweetness and texture.
Nuts or Seeds: Sprinkle some chopped almonds, walnuts, or sunflower seeds over the fruits before closing the sandwich for a crunchy element.
Sweeteners: If your fruits lack sweetness, try adding a drizzle of honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar. For an extra kick of flavour, consider adding a drizzle of date caramel sauce.
Fruit sandwiches are best enjoyed immediately after preparation to maintain the bread’s texture and prevent sogginess. Nevertheless, you can store it for a brief time until you need it.
Fridge: Wrap each sandwich tightly in plastic wrap or put them in an airtight container. Keep in the fridge for a maximum of 1-2 hours to avoid the bread becoming mushy. Make sure to place a paper towel at the bottom of the container before storing the sandwiches. This method can prevent the bread from getting soggy by absorbing excess moisture.
Tips and Tricks
Choose Fresh and Ripe Fruits: For the most delicious taste, go for fresh, ripe, and in-season fruits.
Thickness of Bread: Avoid using thin bread and opt for a thick bread that can hold the filling.
Don’t Overfill: Make sure kids don’t overstuff the sandwich to prevent a messy eating experience.
Control Moisture: To avoid a soggy sandwich, pat dry fruits before arranging them in a sandwich.
Freezing fruit sandwiches isn’t the best choice as the water content in fruits can affect the texture and taste of the bread upon thawing.
Keeping the sandwich longer isn’t the best option, as the filling makes the bread soggy.
If possible, cut the sides of the bread, wash and pat dry fruits, and store the bread and fruits in separate containers. For the best taste and flavour, assemble the sandwich right before serving it.
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📖 Recipe Card
Fresh Fruit Sandwich
1 Cup = 250ml ; 1 Tablespoon = 15ml ; 1 Teaspoon = 5ml
- 4 Bread Slices
- 6 Fresh Strawberries
- 8 Green Grapes
- 8 Brown Grapes
- 1 Clamentine
- 2 Tablespoons Cream Cheese add/reduce based on requirement
- First, wash and dry the strawberries and grapes. Next, peel the clementine and set all the fruits aside.6 Fresh Strawberries, 8 Green Grapes, 8 Brown Grapes, 1 Clamentine
- Trim the crust from the sides of the bread.4 Bread Slices
- Spread a layer of cream cheese on one side of all bread slices.2 Tablespoons Cream Cheese
- Arrange the fruits on top of the bread covered with cream cheese. Encourage the child to get creative by arranging and layering different fruits for a visually attractive presentation.6 Fresh Strawberries, 8 Green Grapes, 8 Brown Grapes, 1 Clamentine
- Make a sandwich by placing a second slice of bread over the fruit-covered bread. Press gently to secure the layers.
- Cut the fruity sandwich into halves or quarters and serve immediately. Enjoy your delicious and nutritious fruit sandwich!
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