Events & Tastings
One of our most popular classes! Your family and house guests won't soon forget waking up to the aroma of butter, cinnamon, and muscovado brown sugar permeating the house from the fresh baked sweet rolls. Join us and find out how it's done. Learn the basic techniques of creating a sweet dough including mixing, kneading and rolling, hand-shaping your rolls, and properly proofing them. We'll also demonstrate how to make pecan sticky buns, a staff favorite. Wait until you taste these warm from the oven in class!
You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, dough to bake at home later, a half dozen big cinnamon rolls and a cinnamon roll wreath you made in class, plus great coupons.
Did you know you can travel from Puglia to Genoa to Sicily without leaving Ann Arbor? In Mambo Italiano, we’ll take you on a bread-baking tour across Italy and you’ll return home with loads of Paesano, Rustic Italian, focaccia, and sesame semolina breads and the skills to make them any time you want to satisfy the craving for an Italian holiday. This is a full day of Italian baking from finding out what a poolish is to brushing olive oil on your focaccia dough and a nice Bakehouse lunch in between. You'll get plenty of hands-on practice at working with yeasted doughs, including kneading, shaping and proofing too. While our loaves are rising we'll sneak into the Bakehouse to see it done on a much larger scale.
You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, two loaves of Paesano, two rounds of foccacia, two loaves of Rustic Italian, two loaves of sesame semolina, a poolish to make more bread at home and great coupons. Not to mention a full tummy from a great Bakehouse lunch and bread sampling throughout the day.
Read more about our Rustic Italian andPaesano breads on our blog!
Every baker should know how to make a pie crust. You never stood on a chair to help Grandma bake a pie? You don’t get many second chances in life but here’s your opportunity to learn how she did it. In this class we’ll deliver the techniques of how to make a pie crust the Zingerman's way- creating a flaky crust with butter, and another crust using lard and butter (no shortening allowed!). We'll teach you how to make the dough by hand, successfully roll it out, show you what par-baking a crust is, and how to crimp the edges to make your pies look beautiful. You'll make a double crust fruit pie and a single crust baked custard pie. Pie flavors for this class vary by season (spring/summer: blueberry and lemon chess/ fall/winter: apple and pumpkin). Roll up your sleeves and join in the fun so you can tell al your friends you learned how to make a pie crust.
You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to make pie crust at home, two 10" pies, one butter pie crust to bake later and great coupons.
Brioche is one of the most satisfyingly rich breads in the world. The scent of butter will fill the room when you learn how to make brioche dough, shape it and bake it to perfection. We’ll show you how versatile this dough is by making a traditional round tête shape, chocolate filled brioche rolls, a savory brioche roll filled with sausage, and a sweet loaf called Craquelin, the national bread of Belgium! You'll get plenty of hands-on practice in class with mixing, kneading and proofing yeasted doughs. We'll also demonstrate "bee sting" cake. You gotta try it!
You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, two loaves, eight rolls, dough to bake later and great coupons.
Ever wonder how to make those tender hollow little cream puff shells? Well, join us to find out! Learn the history and basic techniques of creating sweet and savory pastries from pâte à choux (pot-a-shoo) dough. You'll make your own dough and pipe éclairs and cream puffs. We’ll make pastry cream, whipped cream, and chocolate ganache to fill your creations. These recipes will kick your entertaining up several notches.
You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, a dozen and a half cream puffs, pastry cream and ganache to use later, and great coupons.
You can make your own fresh pasta at home! We’ll teach you two classic doughs, two sauces, and some traditional shaping techniques. Learn these versatile recipes for Southern Italian semolina pasta and Northern Italian egg pasta, as well as classic marinara sauce. We'll also demonstrate making a fresh pesto sauce. You’ll get hands-on practice with various pasta rolling and shaping techniques. These can be the inspiration for all the pasta creations you can dream up at home.
You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, pasta dough you made in class and great coupons.
Who doesn't love cupcakes?! Join the cupcake party. We'll do a little baking and a lot of decorating, so that you can create your own tasty and cute-as-a-button cupcakes. First, you'll bake our tasty vanilla buttermilk cupcakes. Next, we'll demonstrate how we make our fluffy swiss butter cream. Then, we'll show you different ways to use vanilla and chocolate buttercream and fondant (ours is delicious - we promise!) to decorate your freshly baked cupcakes. You'll have plenty of time to let the creativity flow onto your cupcakes. You'll be eager to show off your cupcake art when you're done and then gobble it up.
You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, one dozen cupcakes you made in class and great coupons.
Ah, the pizza pie! It's a cornerstone of the American diet, and yet so few folks actually make pizza at home! We're here to show you how easy and fun it can be to make New York-style and Chicago-style pizza recipes. We'll fire up our wood-fired oven to BAKE! them and give you plenty of pizza samples in class. We will also demonstrate Pizza Bianca, a flavorful Italian bread that is a great accompaniment to any dinner. The next time you reach for the phone to order pizza delivery, you'll remember it's fun and a lot more flavorful to make it yourself.
You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, one New York-style pizza, one Chicago-style pizza, two New York-style pizza doughs, one Chicago-style pizza dough and great coupons. Not to mention a full tummy from plenty of pizza snacking in class!
Unleash your creativity on cookies! Decorated cookies make great gifts, party favors, stocking stuffers and holiday centerpieces. In this class you'll learn to make tasty butter cookies and use a variety of decorating techniques. You'll make your own cookie dough and fresh fondant from scratch. We'll show you how to decorate with fondant and royal icing and then you'll get plenty of hands-on practice. We provide an assortment of cookie cutters, but you're welcome to bring your own (3" to 4" please).
You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, fondant and a dozen dazzling decorated cookies you created yourself, plus great coupons.