Events & Tastings

Jun
26
2020
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
$130.00

We all know that whole grains can be good for us, but that’s not the only reason to eat them. With the right recipes and techniques, they can taste great, too. We’ll teach you to make Bakehouse Country Wheat bread, a whole-grain raisin bread, and a masterful multi-grain bread. This class will change how you think of whole grain bread.

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, six loaves of bread you made in class and great coupons.

What our guests have to say about this class:

Such a fun and pressure-free environment to learn how to make some complicated recipes. This class demystified bread and made it more approachable for at-home baking. —Ally Y.

I want to turn this into my hobby. I found it very relaxing and there is bread at the end of it all! —Panduranga R.

These were slightly complicated breads and all directions and demonstrations were exceptionally clear. —Anon

Jun
27
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.

Jun
27
2020
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
$75.00

Remember when you were little and the gym teacher pulled out a compact plastic bundle and magically unfurled it into a huge parachute that the whole class could fit under? Well, you’ll have that experience all over again when we take a grapefruit-sized piece of strudel dough and stretch it out to cover a 24 sq. ft. table. Then we’ll make sweet and savory fillings to finish it off. This is just about the most fun you can have making food.

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, two strudel you made in class, strudel dough to bake at home, and great coupons.

What our guests have to say about this class:

My strudel before was a disaster! Now I have confidence I can make it at home. —Chrissy

It was a fun class, taught by excellent instructors. They showed us that making a great strudel is not as hard as I thought. —Mike C.

I came hoping it would help me feel empowered to do more at home and I feel like it has done just that. So thank you so much!!! —Karissa M.

Jun
27
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.

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

We’ll lead you in making Zingerman's Delicatessen's recipe for really great chicken pot pie from scratch, including mixing and rolling the flaky pie crust, cooking the velouté sauce, assembling the aromatic filling and shaping the pies. Join in on the hands-on fun and learn to make a classic comfort food.

You'll leave BAKE! with the recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, 6 individual pot pies you made in class to take home and freeze or bake for dinner and great coupons.

What our guests have to say about this class:

I always make things into a big deal in my head, and this showed me it's not that difficult—just takes some planning! I can't wait to get home and bake/eat my pies, and I actually think I'll make them again! —Ellen H.

Jun
28
2020
1:30 pm to 5:30 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!

Jun
28
2020
1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
$110.00

Learn Zingerman's Bakehouse's traditional French baguette recipe in one of our best classes for new bakers. Most commercial bread labeled “baguette” bears no resemblance to the traditional French bread that Parisian bakers first developed around 1920. When a law went into effect forbidding them from starting to work before 4 am, they began baking the long thin loaves that are synonymous with French baking today. We teach you to make the traditional French baguette recipe—starting with a flavorful poolish, hand-rolling your dough, and ending with a very crisp crust surrounding a soft, holey interior.Imagine serving breakfast to out-of-town guests and bringing out a perfect baguette that they swear must have been airlifted from Paris.

You'll leave BAKE! with our French baguette recipe, the knowledge to recreate it at home, four French baguettes you made in class, dough to bake later, and great coupons.

What our guests have to say about this class:

I came in never having tried making bread and I feel I'm leaving with the knowledge to try and create some on my own. —Nate R.

Everyone should know how to make baguettes like this. I've been trying to make good baguettes for awhile. This has opened my mind. —John D.

Taking your baking classes has given me the confidence to bake more frequently, trying new recipes to prepare for friends and family. —Lisa S.

Jun
29
2020
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
$375.00

For kids ages 10-12.

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 ages 10-12.

Jul
01
2020
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
$130.00

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 our tasty sugarcookie doughand use a variety of decorating techniques. You'll make your own cookie dough and fresh fondant from scratch to take home. 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-inchplease).

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.

What our guests have to say about this class:

Impressive bakes are a lot more accessible than people think and BAKE! can get us there! —Josh B.

Jul
02
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.