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 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

February

26

2021

German Breads

4:00 pm
To
5:30 pm EST

this class is being offered virtually.

While working 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 Original Dinkelbrot, a rye chop and 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! 
 

What's Different When You Take this Class Virtually: 

Please note that this class takes place over 2 days; On Day One, we will meet for 1.5 hours to mix our rye sour, make our soaker and our poolish, and answer any questions you might have. On Day Two, we will be baking! 

Please note that a stand mixer with a hook attachment is needed to make the wurzelbrot. 

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.

Virtual Class
$85.00
1 spot left

March

4

2021

Cream Pies

4:00 pm
To
8:00 pm EST

This Class is Being Offered Virtually. 

Do you love custards and puddings? Love buttery pie crusts?  Eat whipped cream by the spoonful? Yes! Yes! and Yes! Then this class is for you.

Join us to make two of our Bakehouse's best: coconut cream pie and key lime pie. Yes, the latter is baked, so it's not really a “cream” pie, but it’s definitely creamy and delicious.

In this class, you'll learn how to make a buttery and flaky pie crust from scratch (no shortening allowed!), how to roll and bake the crust, and make the coconut filling. For the key lime pie, we'll show you how to make a buttery graham cracker crust, and the rich, tart filling. We'll also demonstrate fresh whipped cream to top the pies.

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

 
Virtual Class
$75.00
5 spots left

March

4

2021

Virtual Southern Italian Dinner Demo with Francesca Giaraffa

6:00 pm
To
8:00 pm EST

Join us for a virtual demo* that will have you falling for the art and joy of southern Italian food.

In this virtual demo, you will learn to make a four-course Italian dinner: a strip steak with lemon sauce (Bistecca Con Salsa a Limone), Tuscan-style black kale (Cavalo Nero alla Toscana) farro risotto with hazelnuts (Farrotto con Nocciole), and chocolate mousse (Spuma di Cioccolato).

This demo will be recorded and sent out after class; feel free to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

Francesca Giarraffa emigrated to the United States in 1984 from her home in Naples, Italy, and settled in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Francesca learned to cook the traditional way from her grandmother, mother, and Aunt Francesca who owned and operated a restaurant in Milan. She spent many of her teenage summers working side by side with her aunt in her restaurant kitchen. Francesca is well versed in the regional specialties of Milan and Naples and her repertoire also includes Sicilian dishes from her travels to Sicily to visit her father's family.

Francesca continued her culinary education in Ann Arbor restaurants and began her own catering business. For the past twenty years she's been teaching Italian cooking out of her home, and at  Washtenaw Community College and Ann Arbor Rec & Ed., a branch of Ann Arbor Public schools. She also leads group culinary tours to Italy.

* Please note that this is not a virtual hands-on class but a demonstration held over Zoom—this means that you’ll be watching as the guest chef prepares dishes. Unlike our hands-on classes, this is not an interactive experience, and thus, we do not encourage attempting to bake or cook along with the program.

Virtual Class
$15.00
56 spots left

March

6

2021

Hurray for Challah

8:00 am
To
12:30 pm EST

This class is being offered virtually. 

In this class, we will teach you to bake your own rich and soft challah bread from scratch. You’ll create a traditional six-stranded braid and a turban shape studded with rum-soaked raisins. We'll demonstrate a seeded Moroccan challah bread braid, too. These gorgeous golden loaves, fresh from the oven, will be tough to resist on the car ride home. You've been warned.

You’ll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, and 2 loaves of challah bread you made in class. Please note that you will be taking home an unbaked dough to bake another loaf of challah bread at home. 

What's Different When You Take This Class Virtually:

We will show you three different types of challah; it's up to you whether you want to make one, two, or three loaves (you just want to make sure you have enough ingredients!). You will not have an extra dough in the virtual version of this class.

What our guests have to say about this class:

So informative! Everything was explained thoroughly and in beginner language. I learned much more about bread baking in general, that will help. Can't wait to implement this new knowledge at home. —Julie W.

It exceeded my expectations! Super fun and informative and we got to eat so much challah! —Genesis V.

Truly a class! Informative, hands-on, fun, and so much packed in. True Zing value. It felt good to bake here. Thank you! —Jeff M.

Virtual Class
$75.00
8 spots left

March

6

2021

Baking with Tahini

9:00 am
To
12:00 pm EST

this class is being offered virtually.

Hop on the tahini train! We’ve been experimenting in the kitchen with the latest culinary craze, tahini (rich sesame paste). And we’re using a particularly great organic tahini we sourced from Turkey. In this class, you’ll bake tahini butter cookies, tahini banana bread made with Michigan wheat flour and black sesame seeds, and our newest tahini creation, tahini chocolate coffee cake! 

Virtual Class
$60.00
4 spots left