Events & Tastings

Jul
25
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.

Jul
25
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.

Jul
25
2020
1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
$110.00

If you’re looking to take your cupcake baking to the next level, this is the class for you. We’ll bake, fill, and frost plenty of lovely little cupcakes, and we’ll teach you some tips and tricks along the way. To start, we’ll bake up our buttermilk cupcakes, then we’ll make tangy lemon curd to fill them with. We’ll dress up the tops with light, airy Swiss buttercream. These cupcakes really are next-level!

Jul
26
2020
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
$130.00

A galette is a fancy French word for a free-form pie. It sounds and looks impressive, but we’ll show you how to master this rustic but elegant pastry. First, we’ll start with an important building block, mixing, rolling, and shaping a basic butter pie dough. Then we’ll use it create individual savory galettes filled with herbed goat cheese (from Zingerman’s Creamery) and sliced tomatoes. Then we’ll bake a gorgeous, large, sweet galette—with almond frangipane and seasonal fruit (apple in March-June, peach in July-Aug). These are the recipes to roll out at your next dinner party.

You’ll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, one large sweet galette, four small savory galettes, and great coupons.

What our guests have to say about this class:

One of the best parts about this class is that we made an easy, useful pie dough—something that I'd readily try on a moment's notice. It's nice not to be afraid of pie dough anymore. —Kathleen C.

This was one of the most fun things I've ever done. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of learning in a relaxed and comfortable environment. I'm going to be making galettes for everything now. —Bolanle A.

I think I'll be making savory galettes for dinner every other week now. —Emily P.

Jul
26
2020
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
$75.00

If you know Zingerman's, you know we love finding out where our food came from. The story behind where it got its name, for instance, is often a forgotten tale. Did you know cupcakes have a history? These precious little pastries date back to a published recipe in 1796 calling for a light cake batter to be baked into small cups. Often times small clay pottery or ceramic ramekins were used, as the metal muffin tins and paper liners we use today were not yet available. Later recipes called for measuring all the ingredients in even cups to make cup cakes. Also known as 1234 cakes or quarter cakes, the cake recipe was comprised of 1 cup of butter, 2 cups of sugar, 3 cups of flour, and 4 eggs. A baker would call this a cup cake, whereas, for a pound cake the ingredients were weighed. Fascinating right?!(Can you tell that we really love this stuff?!)

And who doesn't love a cupcake?! It seems everyone does, probably because they're like a party in the palm of your hand. They can be passed around at parties, no knife required. Plus, one cupcake is the perfect gift to lift someone's spirits. The English refer to them as fairy cakes. Pretty accurate and sweet, we think, and we love having fun with our food. And we know how people somehow get really excited at the sight of miniature food.

Join in our little cupcake making party where you'll learn from the baking pros and go home with our Zingerman's Bakehouse cake, buttercream,and fondant recipes. Together we'll do a little baking and a lot of decorating, as you create your own tasty and cute-as-a-button cakes. First, you'll bake our moist and scrumptious recipe for vanilla buttermilk cake. Next, we'll demonstrate how we make our fluffy vanilla Swiss buttercream with a whipped egg white and sugar meringue. Then, we'll show you different ways to use both vanilla Swiss buttercream and chocolate buttercream for piping on top to cover your freshly baked cupcakes.

And the fun really starts when you use our made-from-scratch fondant (ours is really delicious—we promise!) to decorate what you've made. This fondant tastes like sweet vanilla, melts in your mouth, and opens up a world of decorating possibilities. You'll have plenty of time to let the creativity flow onto your cupcakes as you create your own designs and make your own shapes. We think you'll be eager to show off your cake art to your friends, family, or coworkers when you're done with class. Watch as everyone gobbles them up like kids in a candy store or a cupcake shop as it were. Like all our cakes at Zingerman's Bakehouse, we believe in cupcakes that taste as good as they look. So be sure to enjoy your cakes responsibly, at room temperature for maximum flavor and ideal texture.

You'll leave BAKE! with Zingerman's Bakehouse cake, buttercream, and fondant recipes;the knowledge to recreate them at home;one dozen cupcakes you made in class; and great coupons.

What our guests have to say about this class:

I usually prefer to cook, but baking was so much fun. —Casey S.

Lots to learn for experienced or inexperienced attendees. —Lynn L.

This class validated some things I'm doing correctly and taught me new skills. —Robyn S.

Jul
26
2020
1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
$130.00

Experience three classics from Detroit institutions that have been around since the 1920s and 1940s. Together we'll bake Detroit-style deep dish pizza with caramelized cheese edges baked in a blue steel pan, spiced almond cookies in the traditional windmill shape, and a long john coffee cake with a butter, brown sugar, and walnut streusel. Get a little piece of history and a big bite of flavor, along with plenty of hands-on practice, and tips for mastering these new recipes.

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, one pizza, one coffee cake, cookies, and great coupons.

What our guests have to say about this class:

This class helped me realize that baking isn't as intimidating as I had feared, and can be fun (and not just a chore). —Remy D.

These classes make home baking seem much more doable. —Margaret B.

I never wanted to make pizza at home but now I definitely will. —Arielle J.

Jul
27
2020
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
$500.00

For kids age 13-15.

Save the date! Details of the class content will be posted in February.

You’ll leave BAKE! With our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, all the food you made in class and great coupons. For kids age 13-15.

Jul
29
2020
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
$130.00

A galette is a fancy French word for a free-form pie. It sounds and looks impressive, but we’ll show you how to master this rustic but elegant pastry. First, we’ll start with an important building block, mixing, rolling, and shaping a basic butter pie dough. Then we’ll use it create individual savory galettes filled with herbed goat cheese (from Zingerman’s Creamery) and sliced tomatoes. Then we’ll bake a gorgeous, large, sweet galette—with almond frangipane and seasonal fruit (apple in March-June, peach in July-Aug). These are the recipes to roll out at your next dinner party.

You’ll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, one large sweet galette, four small savory galettes, and great coupons.

What our guests have to say about this class:

One of the best parts about this class is that we made an easy, useful pie dough—something that I'd readily try on a moment's notice. It's nice not to be afraid of pie dough anymore. —Kathleen C.

This was one of the most fun things I've ever done. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of learning in a relaxed and comfortable environment. I'm going to be making galettes for everything now. —Bolanle A.

I think I'll be making savory galettes for dinner every other week now. —Emily P.

Jul
30
2020
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
$250.00

For kids age 14-17.

Save the date! Details of the class content will be posted in February.

What our guests have to say about this class:

The class was very fun. I loved getting to work alone while still being able to get help if needed. —Josephine W.

Aug
01
2020
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
$575.00

Our BAKE!-cations® are the ultimate experience for the home baker! We guide you through a comprehensive education in baking techniques in a fun, exciting, relaxed and always hands-on classroom full of good humor and expert instruction. Your BAKE!-cation® includes breakfast and lunch every day, and you'll need an empty suitcase to bring home all the great food you've made!

This is the most mouth-watering, lip-smacking collection of recipes we've ever assembled! In this 2 day action packed baking extravaganza you'll learn the wide variety of baking techniques behind asavoryline up of baked goods. The roster includes ham and cheese croissants, parmesan pepper bread with chunks of Parmigiano Reggiano®, Quiche Lorraine, Beef Pasties, Potato Knish, our Cheddar Herb Scones, a demo of maple bacon doughnuts and so much more!Your BAKE!-cation includes breakfast and lunch each day.

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, a full tummy, boxes of amazing food you made in class, and great coupons.