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.

Upcoming BAKE! Classes

October

5

2022

Noodling about Strudelling

6:00 pm
To
9:00 pm EDT

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-square-foot 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, the strudel you made in class, and strudel dough to bake later at home. You'll also leave with some 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.

In-Person Class
$110.00
8 spots left

October

6

2022

Soft Pretzels

1:00 pm
To
4:00 pm EDT

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?”

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

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Virtual Class
$85.00
11 spots left

October

7

2022

Dinner Series: British Isles

1:00 pm
To
5:00 pm EDT

Our Guinness Beef Stew is so rich and flavorful that Bakehouse Managing Partner Amy Emberling says, “I’ve since stopped making my family’s stew recipe.” Beware this might happen to you, too! In this hands-on class, we'll make the stew and also a batch of soft and tasty Baps—dreamy little dinner rolls—to sop up the stewy sauce. Need a little something for dessert? Let’s make classic shortbread cookies.

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

In-Person: We'll end class with a tasting of what we made and you'll go home with some great coupons.

What our guests have to say about this class:

It was a fun and friendly environment and the instructions were easy to understand. I think this has jumpstarted my desire to explore new recipes. —David J.

This is my favorite class I've taken—I see myself making all of these items over and over again. —Jeanne B.

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In-Person Class
$135.00
1 spot left

October

12

2022

Wholey Whole Grain Breads

1:00 pm
To
5:00 pm EDT

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. In this hands-on class 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 the BAKE! class with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, the loaves of bread you made in class, and some great coupons.

In-Person: We'll end the class with a bread tasting and you'll also go home with some great coupons.

For some background on the Bakehouse's journey into freshly milled whole grain flours, head to our blog and read: "Whole Grains and Hope" and "7 Reasons to Fall for Freshly Milled Flour"

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

In-Person Class
$135.00
5 spots left

October

13

2022

Zingerman's Deli Pot Pies

6:00 pm
To
9:00 pm EDT

In this hands-on class, we'll teach you how to make the Zingerman's Delicatessen recipe for really great chicken pot pies from scratch, including mixing and rolling the flaky pie crust, cooking and assembling the aromatic filling, and shaping the pies. Join in the hands-on fun and learn to make a classic comfort food. 

Our recipe will make 6 mini 5-inch pies! We'll also talk about how you can freeze them and bake them later.

You'll leave the BAKE! class with the recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, and the pot pies you made in class ready for baking or freezing. 

In-Person: We'll end class with a tasting of what we made and you'll go home with some 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.

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Virtual Class
$85.00
17 spots left