Events & Tastings

Mar
26
2020
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
$75.00

You can make your own fresh pasta at home! We’ll teach you how to make egg pasta and how to shape, as well as how to make and fill ravioli. We’ll demonstrate making a freshly milled rye pasta,using a Mockmill, a tabletop stone grain mill, and a simple marinara sauce.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 that you made in class, and great coupons.

What our guests have to say about this class:

It was nice to see just how easy it can be to make pasta. —Andy G.

I'll certainly be making pasta at home now. Needed to take this class so I knew what pasta dough should feel and look like. — Helen P.

Informative, hands-on, just really fun! I can't wait to do this with my grandkids! My favorite class to date! —Claudia D.

Authentic—love the history and background presented
Thorough—ingredients and methods well-taught
Variety—different ways to prepare and customize
I am going to pull out my long-dormant pasta machine and have a pasta party. —Leigh H.

Mar
26
2020
5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
$110.00

During this mini version of our popular Mambo Italiano: Italian Breads hands-on baking class, we’ll take you on a brief bread-making journey through part of Italy. You’ll experience fresh baked Italian bread made from scratch including Zingerman's Bakehouse recipes for Focaccia and Sicilian Sesame Semolina. Go home with four loaves in all! And they taste even better when you've made them yourself!

Let's meet the Italian loaves of bread:

Focaccia—A tender flatbread topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano® cheese. It's a great bread to enjoy as an appetizer, to serve with spreads, or to make a sandwich with. Wait until you experience focaccia warm and fresh from your own. You might want to double the recipe at home to account for the imminent snack attack that's coming to a kitchen near you.

Sicilian Sesame Semolina—Meet the bread you didn’t even know you needed in your life. Its claim to flavor fame is something to see, and taste of course. 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 Sicilian Sesame Semolina bread begs to be toasted, griddled, or broiled to turn the flavor dial up even higher. It loves to be paired with garlic butter, pesto, olive tapenade, or a sprinkle of good parmesan. Trust us, fellow bread lover, you want to give Sicilian Sesame Semolina a whirl.

Our Mini Mambo Italiano: Italian Bread class is an action-packed four hours 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 loaves of bread, 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.

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 our classes 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 rounds of Focaccia, two loaves of Sesame Semolina, dough to make more Sesame Semolina bread at home later, and great coupons.

What our guests have to say about this class:

I was looking for bread baking tips and ended up learning tons. I've always been a big fan of baking and this class has inspired me to try baking different types of bread. —Zixuan W.

Fantastic class with just the right mix of art and science. —Bridget W.

Mar
27
2020
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
$110.00

We’re milling up some seriously tasty whole grain treats! Wanna learn how to make ‘em too? We’ll use our own freshly milled whole grain to bake up Double Chocolate Cookies, Big O’ oatmeal raisin cookies, and crazy-good Bakehouse graham crackers. You’ll be amazed at the flavor difference FMWG can make. You gotta taste it for yourself!

Mar
27
2020
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
$130.00

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.

What our guests have to say about this class:

There are so many different uses for this dough. I didn't realize you could make them savory. —Betty L.

This class was so much fun and informative. I can use the knowledge from this class in so many ways. —Patrice M.

I never thought I would feel confident to try these at home, but now it seems doable. All of the baking classes are fun and make things that appear difficult on TV much easier in practice. This has been my favorite course yet. —Anon.

Mar
28
2020
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
$575.00

Want to learn to create five very different, beautiful and delicious cakes and go home with them too? Then join us for this cake lover's dream weekend! We'll make sponge cake, butter cake, flourless cake, lady fingers, butter cream, and fondant. You'll also learn techniques for splitting cake layers, crumb coating, icing, rolling fondant, butter cream piping and basic decorating. You'll learn these recipes and skills while making a couple of the Bakehouse's most popular cakes- the "ribbon cake", an all American butter cake with chocolate butter cream and fondant ribbons and Hummingbird cake, a southern classic with pineapple, pecan, banana, and coconut. Then we'll make a few European Coffeehouse classics- the Austrian cardinal slice with espresso and two Hungarian tortas, the Esterhazy with walnuts and Rigó Jancsi with dark chocolate and rum.

Your BAKE!-cation weekend also includes breakfast and lunch each day. While you're here enjoy the great restaurants, farmer's markets and theaters Ann Arbor has to offer.

You'll leave BAKE! with several tested recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, a full stomach and five complete cakes you made in class.

Mar
28
2020
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
$130.00

This is one of our most popular hands-on baking classes because we teach you a beloved French pastry and give you the recipe to make croissants the Zingerman's Bakehouse way. Our Ooh La La croissant class is a great choice for any beginning or advanced baker looking to build up their baking skills and recipe box.

Like bread and other baked goods in America, croissants can be made with shortcuts causing them to fall short of the intended texture and flavor. There are very few places in the world outside of France where you can get a truly great, flaky, buttery croissant (Though croissants actually originated from Austria, and got theirname from theircrescent shape). Zingerman’s Bakehouse is certainly one of those places. We pride ourselves on their rich flavor, tender honeycombed interior, and crispy exterior that shatters a little when you bite into it. There are some handy tricks we will be teaching you, but it’s mostly about taking the time to do it right and not using fake ingredients or pre-made frozen doughs. And we think it's well worth the time and effort to do. Like wesay, you really can taste the difference. When you smell the sweet aroma and taste the buttery flavor of these French pastries fresh from your ownoven at home, you’ll be oh so happy that you made the investment in making them from scratch. And just imagine how amazing your future weekend breakfasts and holiday brunches will be with the addition of these downright compelling croissants. People will be lining up for an invite to dine at your table.

In this hands-on baking class, you’ll learn the key techniques for working with a yeasted dough, creating a butter-laminated dough (layering the dough with butter and folding it over), filling the croissants, proofing them properly to achieve the right texture inside, and finally, baking them to a rich golden brown. In class, you'll make our butter croissant recipe, as well as fill them with both our rich almond frangipane spread (we'll give you the recipe for that, too) and bars of intense dark chocolate imported to us in Ann Arbor from renowned French chocolatier Michel Cluizel. There are few more sublime things in our book than enjoying a freshly baked croissantthat is still a little warm. We can't wait for you to try it. It's going to be life-changing. And we know where you can get a good cup of coffee to go with it, for the full effect.

You'll leave BAKE! with the Zingerman's Bakehouse croissant recipe, the knowledge to recreate it at home, a dozen croissants you made in class, croissant dough to bake at home later and great coupons.

*You may want to bring a cooler and ice pack to class with you for storing your bake-at-home croissant dough on the ride home if you are traveling more than an hour to attend. That way it will stay chilled and not begin to rise on your trip home.

What our guests have to say about the class:

It's always good to learn as much as possible about what we eat, and homemade will taste better than store-bought. This is a great skill set to add. —Keith P.

The taste of homemade croissants in class emphasized the value of making them myself. —Amy A.

It was a lot of fun and very easy to follow for a beginner with zero baking experience. —Bob P.

Mar
28
2020
1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
$130.00

While working with with Eli and Tino of Dresdner Backhaus, a famous bakery in Dresden, Germany, we exchanged recipes and experience freely. Come and learn three breads our German friends taught us: hands-on mixing and shaping of our Dinkelbrot, a spelt flourand sunflower seed loaf; a mixing demo and hands-on shaping of Wurzelbrot, a rye and wheat baguette; and hands-on mixing and shaping of Vinschgauer, a savory seasoned mountain roll delicious with ham and cheese. You might want to have some at home ready for your return from class!

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, two baguettes, two loaves, 6 large rolls, and great coupons.

What our guests have to say about this class:

Very thorough presentation. One of the best BAKE! classes I've taken. Taking home rye starter is a big plus! —Helen P.

Mar
29
2020
8:00 am to 5:30 pm
$250.00

Have you always wondered how to make naturally leavened bread at home? What is a sourdough starter anyway? In this class, we will demystify naturally leavened bread for you, teach you how to make and maintain your own sourdough starter, mix and treat the dough, and finally bake a loaf of crusty, flavorful bread at home.

September 2019-January 2020, you will make three of Zingerman's Bakehouse's signature breads: Cranberry Pecan, Farm, and Parmesan Pepper, as well as watch a demonstration of True North wheat bread.

Your class includes a great Zingerman's Bakehouse lunch, too. This is anadvanced class for the dedicated baker.

You'll leave BAKE! with Zingerman's naturally leavened bread and sourdough starter recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, 6 loaves of bread, sourdough starter to make more bread at home, and great coupons. Not to mention a full tummy from lunch and bread snacking in class.

Read more about our Pecan Raisin Bread on our blog!

What our guests have to say about this class:

I'm hoping to move to exclusively naturally leavened breads. Will totally try my best to recreate these recipes at home. Excited for some cranberry pecan for Thanksgiving leftovers. —Jessie S.

Gives me the help I need to up my baking game. —Mike C.

Good place to start your sourdough journey. —Cynthia D.

Apr
01
2020
5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
$130.00

Learn to make a fine French dinner that will have everyone thinking you studied in Paris! We’ll demonstrate Gougeres, a savory pastry made of pâte à choux mixed with cheese. For the main event, we’ll make Warm Weather Pot au Feu, a classic French beef stew with a few springy additions. We’ll close out by making Flognarde, a fruit-filled dessert similar to a clafoutis baked in a sweet crust.

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, dinner for four,and great coupons!

Apr
01
2020
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
$45.00

Bread, one of the most basic forms of sustenance that can be so delicious and comforting... And making it yourself in your own kitchen can be so addictive too. That crunchy caramelized, singing crust, moist crumb with irregular holes, aromas wafting from your oven, the anticipation of how it will turn out everytime... Can't beat that. Going beyond your favorite recipe, what if you could dig a little deeper and learn more about the why's of ingredients and processes used to make bread? In Part 1 of the Mindful Baking series, we get curious about our main ingredients with a focus on flour. We are bakers, so we learn about baker's percentages to better understand recipes and communicate with each other. To top it off, we peek inside our favorite countertop stone-mill and pay a visit to our big stone-mill in the Bakehouse.