07 Breakfast & Brunch

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What you’ll learn

Let’s tackle the first meal of the day (but of course, enjoy these recipes whenever you want—we’re talking to you “Breakfast for Dinner” people). From this module forward, the Practice Recipes will be your main lessons and you’ll continue to have only one module recap, not individual lesson recaps.

The objectives for this module:

  • Learn to make a classic pancake recipe and how to create myriad variations
  • Master a savory breakfast hash and learn how to adapt it for countless variations
  • Try a fun twist on oatmeal by baking it up to taste like a classic carrot cake

Overview & Recap

Required: read and complete the module recap

1: Breakfast & Brunch Overview

Instead of watching video lessons for this module like you have with modules 1–5, you’ll be putting your know-how and cooking skills into practice with Practice Recipes only—they are your lessons. 

You’ve already learned how to make Granola and a few other Breakfast & Brunch staples so far. Now, let’s add a few more classics to your cooking toolbox.

As always, we’ll provide loads of tips as you go so you can change up these recipes depending on what you have or what your food mood is. We’ll also show you how to batch cook and remix these recipes for different variations. There are a few recipes in this module that utilize similar flours, this is intentional, so you use up what you buy.

2: Breakfast & Brunch Lesson Recap

Your Lesson Recap will be your personal inputs of progress (photo and written). Grab your cooking journal, prepare at least one Practice Recipe, then complete this recap.

You must complete the recap to complete the module and eventually the course.

Practice Recipes

Recommended: prepare a minimum of 1 recipe

Remember to always read the entire recipe before preparing it so you have the right ingredients on hand and the tools you need to make it effortless. Always practice the art of mise en place, and season to taste as you go. Now, let’s get cooking!

Banana Pancakes

Banana makes a terrific egg-free binder for this recipe, and it adds subtle sweetness and moisture for crave-worthy pancakes. You’ll try a few (maybe new to you) whole-grain, gluten-free flours with this recipe. We have many other recipes in this course that call for these same flours too, so you become familiar with their versatility, and use up what you buy.


Italian Sausage-Style Hash

Earthy mushrooms soak up a beautiful blend of Italian style sausage seasoning, and along with the caramelized shallots, they bring delicious umami to this comforting veggie hash. Try this seasoning on all sorts of the creations you’ve learned when you want sausage flavor.


Baked “Carrot Cake” Oatmeal

This recipe is a fun twist on carrot cake and oatmeal—together at last! Try it plain, with maple syrup, or the optional “Cake Frosting” Drizzle (ahem, which you can also use for pancakes). There are a lot of optional ingredients in this recipe so you can play and make it how you like. We recommend trying it all, of course.



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“Pantry to Plate” Challenge

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Take the Pantry to Plate Challenge, upload your experience, and earn credits to use towards future courses and goodies from Good Food Cooking School.

Knowing how to open your pantry or fridge and make what you have into something special is a must-have skill these days. We’re showing you how it’s done with this course and if you want more practice, more tools, and more reward for your efforts, grab a copy of the book that inspired Good Food Cooking School: Pantry to Plate.

The Challenge: Choose one recipe from either page 77, 78, or 81 in your copy of Pantry to Plate and use the Warm Cereals Recipe Template and everything you’ve learned so far about ingredient substitutions, textures, and flavor building to change the recipes according to the requests below.

We want you to start looking at a recipe and think “I want to put my twist on that.” By now, you likely have some ingredients and ideas you want to try, so choose one of these three recipes, and remix them to be a bit of you.

Chamomile, Apple & Ancient Grain Bowl | p. 77
1.) Choose a different tea for this cereal—remember to think about all the other flavors when you do.
2.) Swap at least two ingredients called for with substitutes of your choosing.
3.) Choose another fruit besides apple to use.

Ginger, Molasses & Date Oatmeal | p. 78
1.) Make this cereal extra spiced—add two more spices from your cabinet to the ones already called for.
2.) Swap at least two ingredients called for with substitutes of your choosing.

Breakfast Polenta with Mixed Berries | p. 81
1.) Add at least one spice not called for to this cereal.
2.) Add at least one ingredient not called for to this cereal.

Required to complete The Challenge: Share one photo and your experience with the Challenge in the fields above. 

Optional, but encouraged: Share in the private classmates group and show us your creations on Instagram (tag @YumUniverse and #pantrytoplate).

Earn 3 Credits = $3
Complete the Challenge and once approved by our team, you’ll earn 3 credits (= $3) to use towards a future course enrollment or product offered by GFCS. The more Challenges you complete the more credits you earn.

Extra Learning & Cheat Sheets

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Measuring Cheet Sheet

Sometimes you want more or less than the serving amount a recipe creates—use this handy cheat sheet to upsize and downsize a recipe.

Batch Cooking

Tips to help you turn all of this week’s Practice Recipes in to multiple future meals.

Extra Recipes

Extra Books & Courses

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YumUniverse Pantry to Plate

100 recipes + 30 recipe templates to help you create incredible meals from what you have on hand—as seen in O Magazine and on Oprah.com. Written by your Good Food Cooking Basics Instructor and author Heather Crosby. (plant-based, gluten-free) 

The YumUniverse Cookbook

150 veg-powered, gluten-free recipes for all eaters—written by your Good Food Cooking Basics Instructor and author Heather Crosby. (plant-based, gluten-free)

Gluten-Free Baking Academy

Get more Breakfast & Brunch inspiration like sourdough pancakes, cinnamon rolls, biscuits, monkey bread, and English muffins in this online course. You’ll learn to make gluten-free baked goods like sourdough, quick breads, flatbreads, sandwich loaves, and cookies with wholesome, minimally processed ingredients.

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