Zingerman's Baking and Cooking Classes in Ann Arbor

BAKE! is Zingerman's hands-on teaching bakery in Ann Arbor, MI, tucked between Zingerman's Bakehouse and Zingerman's Creamery.

We offer dozens of different bread, pastry, and cake hands-on baking classes and cooking classes both in our teaching kitchens and online for virtual classes. We also offer the ability to customize your experience with private classes, both in-person or virtual.*

All of us at Zingerman's Bakehouse know the joy and excitement of baking something really good and sharing it with friends when it's hot out of the oven. Our baking and cooking classes will leave you with that same joy, the food you made, and the inspiration and skills to continue your baking journey.

Our in-person classes (except for family classes & kids camps) are designed for adults aged 17 and up. Virtual classes (except for virtual kids classes) are designed for adults as well, however, households are welcome to participate together, so kids can join in the fun, too.

We want to encourage a love of cooking and baking early, so we also offer a variety of classes designed for kids that include multi-day camps for kids and teens, and more. Head to the kids' classes and private classes pages for more information.

* Please note, to keep our BAKE! students and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, we're offering only virtual classes at this time. 

Upcoming BAKE! Classes

April

17

2021

Savory Pies 2.0

9:00 am
To
2:00 pm EDT

THis class is being offered virtually

Pies aren’t just for dessert—they can also be savory and just as satisfying for lunch or dinner. In this class, we’ll delve into a new batch of tasty savory pies from around the world. We’ll teach you to make, assemble, and bake three different pies:  Tourtiere, a French Canadian pork pie from Quebec: Fatayer, a Middle-Eastern spinach pie of Lebanese origin; and Piroshki, a cottage cheese filled pie that hails from Russia and Ukraine. In addition to our tips and tricks, we’ll share the history and cultural significance of these delicious savory pies, too!

 

You’ll leave the BAKE! class with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, and everything you made in class: a 9-inch Tourtiere, 6 Fatayers, and 6 Piroshki.

 

what our guests have to say about this class

Every time I take a class, I'm re-inspired to bake. —Laura C.

Virtual Class
$75.00
12 spots left

April

18

2021

Better Bagels!

8:00 am
To
12:30 pm EDT

This class is being offered virtually. 

At Zingerman’s Bakehouse, we make bagels as they were a long time ago—crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, with big flavor, and a hole you can stick your finger through. In this class, we'll teach you to make a great bagel in your own home. You’ll mix your dough from scratch, knead it by hand, shape it into rings, then boil and bake your bagels to get just the right texture. You’ll choose the toppings for your bagels, too (we recommend poppy seeds, sesame seeds, and course salt) and we'll go over options for fillings (cinnamon raisin, parmesan, blueberry!) to cater your bagels to you preference. We’ll also show you how to make traditional bialys, a crispy, chewy roll with a center of slow-roasted onions and poppy seeds. Once you've mastered our great go-to recipe, who wouldn’t be impressed waking up to fresh-baked bagels? After all, better bagels make for better weekends, in our book!

You'll leave the BAKE! class with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, and the dozen bagels and eight bialys you made in class.

What our guests have to say about this class:

I will now make bagels. Never thought it possible. — Chris A.

I love to learn new techniques—especially for things I might not make at home, such as bagels. — Mia B.

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Virtual Class
$75.00
5 spots left

April

18

2021

More Really Good Multigrain Breads

9:00 am
To
3:00 pm EDT

This class is being offered virtually. 

Our BAKE! principal, Sara, is really passionate about baking bread and is always on a mission to create even more really great tasting whole grain breads for our repertoire and yours. In this class, you’ll bake a multigrain boule made with whole wheat, farina and oats, a quinoa-and-flax-seed sandwich loaf, and kamut-and-fig bread. It will great hands-on practice with bread techniques including creating a "soaker" with your grains and working with yeasted doughs. Not to mention the satisfaction of making your own healthy loaves with great texture and full flavor. Eat well and feel well!

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, and 6 loaves of bread.

What our guests have to say about this class:

Great value considering the expertise and food you come home with at the end of the class. Teaching was also very supportive. I'm not afraid to make my own bread anymore. —Darren M.

This class was a great balance of instruction/demonstration with hands-on learning. Very relaxed learning environment mixed with heavy-hitting technical information. —Haley R.

I learned so much and I don't fear making breads now! Each bread was so unique. —Joyce S.

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Virtual Class
$75.00
10 spots left

April

18

2021

Coffee Cake Craft 2.0

1:00 pm
To
5:00 pm EDT

this class is being offered virtually. 

The secret is out! Learn the recipe for our signature Sour Cream Coffee Cake with ribbons of cinnamon brown sugar and toasted walnuts. It’s a Bakehouse classic that graces the cover of our cookbook, Zingerman's Bakehouse (find it at most Zingerman's locations and wherever you buy books), not to mention that coffee cakes are our most popular Zingerman's Mail Order gift.

In this four-hour class, you’ll also make a couple of other coffee cakes near and dear to us, the lovely olive oil and citrus cake and a rich almond pound cake. These are sure to be treasured recipes in your house for years to come! 

You'll leave the BAKE! class with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, and the three coffee cakes you made in class.

*Please note, you'll need a stand mixer with a paddle attachment for this class.

What our guests have to say about this class:

The quality of instruction is unsurpassed. This class taught us how to make the three most amazing cakes. I am very pleased to have these recipes and the knowledge to prepare them. Zingerman's is in the inspiration business—BAKE! classes never disappoint! —Dara K.

Family and friends think I'm a professional baker thanks to Zingerman's. —Randy T.

It is so fun, you learn a ton about the "whys" of baking (why certain ingredients, why a certain order, etc.), a ton of helpful tips & tricks, and sampling to boot! I have the urge to be more and more creative at home, trying things I never have before. —Lisa D.

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Virtual Class
$75.00
9 spots left

April

18

2021

Fresh Fruit Tarts!

2:00 pm
To
6:00 pm EDT

This class is being offered virtually. 

Fruit tarts are a favorite of food photographers because they look soooo sweet and fresh. When you see too many of them on the covers of glossy magazines, you start to get the idea that they’re for experts only. Don’t believe it.

In this hands-on class, we'll teach you how to make and blind bake the sweet and tender pâte sucrée tart shell and whip together a filling of rich vanilla pastry cream. Then we’ll compose our tarts together, teaching you how to arrange the fresh fruit on top in an artful way*. Next time you see a succulent tart gracing the cover of Fine Cooking, you won’t be fooled.

You'll leave the BAKE! class with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, and the artful fresh fruit tart you made in class.  

* In warmer months, we’ll adorn our tarts with summer’s bounty, from fresh berries to stone fruits. In cooler months we’ll bring a taste of sunshine to our tarts with a selection of fresh citrus supremes.

What our guests have to say about this class:

Such a fun baking class. Instructors not only teach us, but give each one of us the time and attention to learn and practice. They all are very professional!!! —Jinny S.

Being able to practice new techniques in a class where I can get help & feedback gives me the confidence to try them at home. —Jane B.

Was so much fun! I have already told my mum we are coming back next year. —Bex S.
 

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Virtual Class
$60.00
1 spot left