I admit, I got a little spoiled this summer when it came to wake up times. Now that the girls are older, they don't require me to get up as early as they do, so I took full advantage and slept in almost every day. As fabulous as it was, I do find that I am struggling to get out of bed at 6am now. I will give myself a little credit for predicting this would happen though, and for taking measures to plan breakfasts ahead to take a little edge off the roughness of getting back into a morning routine. I've started making breakfasts ahead of time that can be served the next day, as long as they are stored in the fridge or an air tight container.
Food prep is usually what takes me the longest when it comes to working in the kitchen, so having the best tools available is essential in helping to ease some of my workload. Anyone who has even spent a smidgen of time in the kitchen knows that one of the most important tools is a good set of knives. I have been really unhappy with my stainless steel knives for a while, and decided to give ceramic blade knives a try. The Elegana 10-piece Premium Ceramic Knife Set seemed like an excellent set to start off with.
The 10-piece set comes with a 3" Paring ceramic knife, 4" Fruit ceramic knife, 5" Santoku ceramic knife, 6" Chef ceramic knife, multi-purpose ceramic peeler and a microfiber cleaning cloth. The knives all have their own protective blade covers, so you can safely store them when not in use. Everything is packaged up in a lovely gift box, which I thought was a nice touch.
Ceramic blade knives are growing in popularity because of how sharp they are. They don't dull as easily as steel, nor do they rust and they resist staining. They are very light weight, which makes slicing, dicing and chopping a breeze, without putting strain on the wrists. The handles are comfortable to hold and I love the bright colors on each. This set is BPA free.
Keep in mind, ceramic knives are a wonderful addition to the kitchen, but are meant for slicing and dicing, and should only be used on certain types of food, like fruits, veggies and boneless meats. Do NOT use ceramic blades to cut through bones or to crush spices as this can chip the blades. When used to properly, this set will last you a really long time.
I decided to whip up some apple turnovers for the girls to eat for breakfast this week, and put my
Elegana 10-piece Premium Ceramic Knife Set to the test. The peeler did great at removing the skin from my apples, the fruit knife made slicing through the apples a cinch, and the Santuoku diced through with ease.
I got a nice, clean cut on my pastry dough. The knife slid right through without snagging or tearing the dough.
Easy Apple Turnovers
2 medium baking apples (I use granny smith) peeled, cored and diced
1 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 cup raisins
2 tbsp sugar
1tbsp lemon juice
1 egg, separated
1 package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
Heat oven to 400 degrees
Toss diced apples with flour.
Melt butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add apples, raisins sugar and lemon juice. Cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Once completely cool, stir in egg yolk.
Unfold 1 pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Roll out to measure an 11 inch square. Using your Elegana ceramic knife, cut pastry into 4 equal squares.
Spoon 1/4 cup of apple mixture into the center of each square. Brush edges with egg white. Fold the pastry into a triangle, pinching edges to seal.
Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, or until pasty is a golden brown.
Transfer turnovers to a wire rack and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
Serve immediately, or store in an air tight container for up to 2 days.
Turnovers can be reheated at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.
Overall, I am highly impressed with my new Elegana Ceramic Knives. If you would like a set of your own, they are currently available to purchase for under $35 at Amazon.
What's on your back-to-school breakfast menu?