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 sometimes cooking classes in our teaching kitchens. 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. You'll leave our baking and cooking classes with that same joy, the food you made in class and the inspiration and skills to bake at home!

Our classes (except for family classes & kids camps) are designed for adults 17 & up.

Upcoming BAKE! Classes

September

18

2019

Marshmallows & Graham Crackers

5:30 pm
To
9:30 pm

Remember summer nights spent toasting marshmallows over a crackling fire? The smell of a bonfire that lingered on your sweatshirt for days? Crunchy graham crackers layered with perfectly toasty marshmallows and melty chocolate? We remember those s’more-filled days fondly, but there's no reason they need to remain a happy memory. We're here to help you recreate this childhood favorite (only even better than you remember).

No self-respecting s’more is complete without a perfectly crisp graham, so we’ll deliver the graham cracker your campfire treats deserve.

Nostalgic for this American childhood favorite, we wondered what would happen if we changed up the recipe for Graham crackers using great ingredients. What we created was an intensely flavored cookie more addictive than what we munched on as kids. In the spirit of constant improvement, we further wondered how we could make these crowd favorites even tastier. Lo and behold, the flavor boost obtained from milling our own flour from organic soft white wheat grown in Michigan was the easy answer! We love the crackers’ amped up flavors of toasted wheat, honey, and ginger—not to mention their more hearty, crisp texture—and you will, too!

The original “Graham” cracker was not the tasty sweet treat we know and love today; it was a bland, unsweetened biscuit made from finely ground, unbleached wheat flour, wheat bran, and coarsely ground germ, which also came to be known as “Graham bread.”  First conceived in the 1830s, the crackers were consumed as part of a strict vegetarian and fiber-rich diet developed by the crackers’ namesake, the Reverend Sylvester Graham (1794-1851), an eccentric Presbyterian minister from Connecticut who became a social reformer and ferocious advocate of healthful living during America’s health craze of the 1820s and 1830s. 

Exercising some combination of pseudoscience and faith, Graham believed that physical lust was harmful to the mind, body, and spirit and that a healthy diet, devoid of meat, fat, spices, and refined white flour, would aid in suppressing sinful carnal excess, which he saw as a genuine human affliction and the scourge of his time. His preaching and promotional writings on maintaining a healthy, plant-based, fiber-rich diet for physical, mental, and spiritual well-being won countless converts over the course of the nineteenth century, who came to be known as “Grahamites.”

So, Dr. Graham, thanks for making graham crackers. Now, if ya don’t mind, step aside and let us take them to a new level! Enjoy our crisp, flavorful, and not-too-sweet crackers. They’ll take you right back to those summer campfires.

Then we’ll have fun making vanilla marshmallows and learning how to make up our own flavors. Strawberry marshmallows? Mint marshmallows? Birthday cake marshmallows? You betcha. Any marshie you can dream up, you can make. You won’t believe the difference between your homemade marshmallows and the packaged varieties of your childhood. Join us and increase the flavor of your s’mores by 100%. 

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, a dozen graham crackers,  vanilla marshmallows, graham cracker dough to bake later, and great coupons.

$100.00
2 spots left

September

18

2019

Rockin' Rye Bread

5:30 pm
To
9:30 pm

It’s no secret that we love rye around here. In this class, you’ll learn to make the rye Zingerman’s is famous for—three different kinds of it, to be exact. You’ll make Onion Rye, Pumpernickel, and Vorterkaker, a Norwegian 100% rye. Each loaf has its own unique personality you’re sure to love. Onion rye is brimming with flavor thanks to fresh, caramelized onions and lots of poppy seeds baked inside and on top. Our old world-style Pumpernickel bread is dark, moist, and full of flavor. It’s made with the same detailed process and organic rye sour as its cousin, our famous Jewish Rye bread. And Vorterkaker? You’ve never baked a bread like this before. It’s a traditional bread baked into a flat disc and flavored with fennel and anise seeds.

No matter which loaf you like best, your sandwiches will be sending you thank you notes!
 
Curious about rye and can’t wait for the class?
 
Although it’s our sweetheart grain, it has taken second place to wheat and barley in world history. Rye was a wild weed in Mesopotamia, the original breadbasket of the world, and there’s some evidence that it was domesticated and grown intermittently before wheat and barley became the prominent grains there. The first written records of rye didn’t speak as highly of the tasty grain as we do: Around 77 C.E., the Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder remarked that rye was “a very poor food and good only to avert starvation.” (Sorry, Pliny, but we disagree!)
 
In later history, rye became the staple grain of the poor. Most daily bread of the Jews in Eastern Europe had very little wheat in it because of the expense. The poorer the community, the darker and more rye-filled the bread. Sometimes caraway or chernushka was added to the bread, imparting some additional flavor to what is otherwise a relatively mild-tasting grain. Most Americans think that rye has a very strong flavor, but that’s really the caraway that is often added to the dough, not the rye itself.

In September 1992, we recreated rye loaves reminiscent of those made by Jewish bakers of Poland and Russia 200 years earlier. All of the rockin’ rye varieties you’ll make in class are moist and full of flavor, thanks in no small part to our organic rye sour starter. We also use what we call “old” in our recipe. It’s simply rye bread from a previous day mixed with water to make a mush. It adds to the texture of the bread and spiritually connects today to yesterday, recognizing the circularity of our lives. We use more rye flour and less yeast than other bakeries, bake our loaves on a stone hearth, and mist the crust with water right out of the oven. That quick steam makes the thin crust shiny and crispy. 
 
Following these old traditions, we were honored by Saveur magazine, which called our efforts “America’s best rye.” Frankly, we’re still blushing about it. 

Come and learn how to make this rye bread in your own home. You’ll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, four loaves of bread you made in class, rye sour to make more bread at home and great coupons.

$110.00
7 spots left

September

19

2019

Scones 3 Ways

6:00 pm
To
9:00 pm

A great class for beginning bakers. Learn the keys to flaky and tender scones, such as how to properly cut the butter into the flour. You’ll make three varieties of Bakehouse buttery scones—sweet crystallized ginger, savory cheddar herb, and flavorful Mother scones, made with freshly milled organic einkorn, which is known as "the mother of all wheat." Scones are simple to make and really delicious fresh out of your oven at home, so these recipes will surely become some of your favorites to reach for!

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

$75.00
1 spot left

September

20

2019

Showstopping Dessert: Raspberry Charlotte

1:00 pm
To
4:00 pm

This is a photo-worthy dessert that’s sure to impress your guests. You'll make all the components from scratch and learn several valuable baking techniques along the way: a swiss cake roll made with vanilla chiffon cake, raspberry preserve, and a raspberry Bavarian cream. The real magic happens during assembly. Wait till you see and taste it!

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, one 8-inch cake, and great coupons.

$85.00
4 spots left

September

21

2019

Cinn-ful Cinnamon Rolls

8:00 am
To
12:00 pm

One of our most popular classes! Your family and house guests won't soon forget waking up to the aroma of butter, cinnamon, and brown 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.

$130.00
1 spot left