Events & Tastings

Apr
12
2020
1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
$130.00

Hop on it to BAKE! for some holiday fun. First, every bunny’s favorite cake: carrot, of course. We’ll bake FMWG carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting (that’s shorthand for freshly milled whole grain, and it’ll take your cupcakes to the next level). Then we’ll make a stunning Greek Easter cake that will be a showstopper on your table.

You’ll leave BAKE! With our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, all the food you made in class and great coupons.

Apr
15
2020
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
$75.00

Learn the secrets to traditional German-style soft pretzels made with lard and dipped in lye. We will teach you how to form the crossed pretzel shape and tell you the story of why a monk decided to have this food be “in prayer.”You'll also shape the soft pretzel stick, or baguette, we make at the Bakehouse.These simple but tasty rolls are sure to become a family favorite. We'll also answer the “burning” question, “Are these dipped in the same lye used to make soap?” We'll end class tasting some warm pretzels with a little mustard and Zingerman's Creamery pimento cheese.

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipe, the knowledge to recreate it at home, a dozen soft pretzels you made in class, and great coupons.

*This class was formerly known as "Bavarian Baguettes: a.k.a. German Pretzels"

What our guests have to say about this class:

These classes are the ultimate experience! I have told so many people about it that I hope they don't take a spot before I get mine. I can't wait to make these at home! (I will not tell anyone how easy it is.) —Donna M.

I'm not afraid to try pretzels with lye now that I know the proper methods. —Dan S.

I loved the easy-going nature of the class environment and I learned a whole lot! I feel that this recipe isn't overwhelming and I'm excited to give it a shot at home! —Spencer W.

Apr
16
2020
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
$130.00

Some of our most delectable savory recipes have been brought together for one dynamite class! Together we’ll make focaccia bread with caramelized onions, gorgonzola cheese, and toasted walnuts; tender and tasty bacon cheddar scones; and lángos, a fried bread with savory toppings that's a popular street food in Hungary. You'll learn a variety of techniques and get plenty of hands-on practice mixing, kneading and shaping your doughs. Make these recipes at home for your next brunch or tailgate party and you're bound to even impress yourself.

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, two focaccia, two lángos, a dozen scones,and great coupons.

Apr
16
2020
5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
$130.00

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. Pie flavors for this class vary by season (Apr-Sept: cherry and seasonal fruit, Oct-Mar: apple and pecan). Roll up your sleeves and join in the fun so you can tell all 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-inch pies, and great coupons.

*We're sorry. Our repeat class discount does not apply to November Thanksgiving pie classes.

What our guests have to say about this class:

I thought I knew plenty about pie crust and was hoping for more confidence and consistency. I learned more than I could've everimagined. Encouraging, no-judgment environment, knowledgable teachers, great value. —Josh B.

I am so much more confident and I can't wait to try these crusts at home. First time in 100 years that I made a crust that fit the pan, was delicious, and didn't come from a box. —Lee Anne S.

Have long feared the pie, even though I made okay ones. Techniques=confidence=more pies. My friends will thank you. —Susan L.

Apr
17
2020
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
$130.00

Learn to make your own buttery laminated puff pastry. We'll start with the very popular Bakehouse sweet treat: the palmier, a crisp caramelized French cookie. You'll alsomake savory cheese straws with Parmigiano Reggiano®. We'll then demonstrate how to make turnovers. Get expert tips on making delicious and oh-so-versatilepuff pastry from scratch. These are great recipes and skills to have, especially for those who like to entertain.

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, 1 dozenpalmiers, cheese straws, dough to bake later, and great coupons.

**You may want to bring a cooler to put your take-home dough in if you are traveling more than an hour to attend class.

What our guests have to say about the class:

I came specifically to improve previous efforts with palmiers. What I made today is many times the quality I've managed on my own. Thank you so, so much!! —Anon

Apr
17
2020
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
$110.00

Learn to make a few of our best selling Zingerman’s Bakehouse soups! Stir up some flavor with these recipes—classic, comforting Chicken Noodle Soup, plus Sri Lankan Lentil, a warming coconut white curry. We’ll also demonstrate some crispy crackers for dipping in your delicious soups. You’ll learn valuable cooking skills that are the building blocks of making great soups at home.

Apr
18
2020
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
$130.00

One of our most popular classes! Your family and house guests won't soon forget waking up to the aroma of butter, cinnamon, andbrown sugar from freshly 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.

What our guests have to say about this class:

I've been baking for years and have worked in a bakery—I just love learning new tricks I might not know. —Barb S.

The cinnamon rolls were as light as pillows and the taste was pure heaven. —Joyce S.

Such a nice experience! I don't have much baking experience and I loved every minute of it! —Jolie S.

This was my best class yet, out of probably a dozen. I love the versatility of what I can do with the dough. —Beth S.

Apr
18
2020
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
$110.00

This class takes you all the way back to the origin of bread. Flatbreads have been around since humans first picked wheat off the stalk and decided to grind it and heat it. In this class you’ll make whole wheat tortillas*, za'atar bread, and einkorn naan; and we’ll demonstrate how to make a proper matzo. Learn everything you need to know to make these versatile, full-flavored breads.

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, a dozen flatbreads and great coupons.

*We use lard in this one, but if that doesn't work with your dietary needs we can substitutebutter. Just let us know ahead of time.

Apr
18
2020
1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
$130.00

Brioche is one of the most satisfyingly rich breads in the world. And while it might seem a little trendy (brioche burger buns are popping up on many restaurant menus), the funny thing is, brioche is on record as being made over 600 years ago. It is believed to have originated with the Normans. Many years later came the famous Marie Antoinette quote “S’ils n’ont plus de pain, qu’ils mangent de la brioche,” commonly translated as “If they have no bread, let them eat cake.”

In case you’ve never had the pleasure of a soft, buttery slice of brioche, we’ll gladly fill you in. It’s really a small step away from being a pastry (hence the translation from “brioche” to “cake” in Miss Antoinette’s quote). It has a golden color and rich, soft texture from all the eggs and butter added to the flour, yeast, and salt. It’s great on its own, of course, but it makes rich bread pudding and French toast, and takes sandwiches and burgers to another level.

In this BAKE! class, the scent of butter will fill the room when you learn how to make brioche dough, shape it, and bake it to perfection. You'll get plenty of hands-on practice in class with mixing, kneading, and proofing yeasted doughs—and you’ll be amazed by just how much butter you knead into the dough!

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 classic brioche buns; a traditional round tête shape, chocolate-filled brioche roll; 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.

If you need more inspiration, you can find brioche at the Bakehouse in a couple of different forms. Frank and Amy, Bakehouse managing partners, tried bostock well over a decade ago and were still thinking about it, so we just had to start making this pastry creation and sharing them with you. Every day, our bakers begin with a thick slice of our buttery brioche bread, brush it with orange-flavored simple syrup, spread it with almond frangipane, sprinkle it with toasted almonds and bake it. It’s a breakfast pastry totally worth getting out of bed for (but it’s good for dessert too!). We also make small brioche rolls (with or without a sprinkling of sea salt on top) that make an irresistible addition to any dinner spread.

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.

What our guests have to say about this class:

It's a super approachable teaching method—not intimidating at all and so informative! —Melanie

It was a very fun class, challenging but instructors were very encouraging with technique and methods. They gave great advice on alternative toppings and ingredients because of allergies. —Elizabeth H.

So much fun—energetic, enthusiastic instructors that keep it simple and practical—builds your confidence that you can do this at home. I can't wait to get started making my own brioch buns for some amazing black bean burgers. —Diane S.

Apr
19
2020
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
$250.00

Did you know you can travel around Italy—from Puglia to Genoa to Sicily—all without leaving Ann Arbor? Well, in this case, your taste buds can at least. In BAKE!'s Mambo Italiano: Italian Breads hands-on baking class, we’ll take you on a bread-making tour across Italy. You’ll experience fresh baked Italian breads made from scratch, including Zingerman's Bakehouse Paesano, Rustic Italian, Focaccia, and Sicilian Sesame Semolina. Go home with eight loaves in all! And they taste even better when you've made them yourself!

Let's meet the breads:

Paesano—This bread hails from Puglia, the heel of the boot of Italy. The name itself translates to “villager” or “countryman.” It’s a rustic peasant bread we make with nothing but organic wheat flour, water, sea salt, and yeast, along with an organic cornmeal-dusted crust.

Rustic Italian—This bread is delightfully uncomplicated, kind of dreamy really. It’s a classic Italian white bread with a mild crumb and a thin crust. What makes ours better than the Italian bread commonly found in every store and bakery? We use nothing but organic wheat flour, water, sea salt, just a little yeast, but a lot of time.

Focaccia—A tender flatbread with garlic and olive oil in the dough topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano® cheese.

Sicilian Sesame Semolina—The entire loaf is rolled in unhulled sesame seeds before baking. The natural oil in all those seeds that cover the dough gets slowly roasted in the oven, contributing an intense flavor and aroma, not to mention a lovely little crunch. And that’s just the crust! Inside there’s a firm, rich, and almost cake-like crumb made with golden semolina flour yielding a beautiful yellow interior. The same flour is often used to make pasta.

Our Mambo Italiano: Italian Breads class is a full eight-hour day of Italian bread baking guided by our experienced baking instructors. You'll cover all the essential techniques, including finding out what in the world a poolish is and why you need it to make these breads, how to handle yeasted doughs, proper kneading, shaping your loaves, finding out when your loaves are ready to bake, and more. You'll get plenty of hands-on practice. While your loaves are rising we'll sneak into the Bakehouse to see breads being made on a larger scale. We'll also enjoy a great Bakehouse lunch together mid-day, included in your class price!

After our baking experts demonstrate how to successfully execute these recipes before your very eyes, you'll try your hand at making them yourself. And ourclasses are small, 12 or fewer students, so our instructors can answer your individual questions. After practicing in that rich learning environment, you'll have the skills to bake these Italian breads at home any time you want. It could satisfy your cravings for both a fresh warm loaf of Italian bread and an Italian holiday at the same time.

You'll leave BAKE! with Zingerman's Bakehouse Italian bread recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, two loaves of Paesano, two rounds of Focaccia, two loaves of Rustic Italian, two loaves of Sesame Semolina, a poolish to make more bread at home later 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 and Paesano breads on our blog!