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

February

21

2024

Special Event with Shelly Westerhausen Worcel, author of "Every Season is Soup Season" (2023)

5:30 pm
To
8:00 pm EST

Join us for a special cooking demonstration with cookbook author, vegetarian food blogger, and food photographer, Shelly Westerhausen Worcel, in celebration of her newest cookbook, Every Season is Soup Season (Chronicle Books: 2023). 

Please note that this is not a hands-on class but a demonstration, so sit back, relax, and enjoy as Shelly demonstrates four of her favorite soup and salad recipes from the new book, including Carrot–Orange–Ginger Soup with Green Tahini, with a variation, Savory Sesame–Carrot Oatmeal; Roasted Root Vegetable & Dumpling Soup; and Winter Farro Salad with Agrodolce Sauce

We’ll have tastings of Shelly’s prepared soup and salad dishes throughout the evening, followed by a book signing, as Every Season is Soup Season will be available for purchase. 

You'll leave the BAKE! demonstration with not only satisfied tastebuds, but also Shelly’s four  cookbook recipes to make at home and, hopefully, a signed cookbook.

Meet the Instructor

Shelly Westerhausen Worcel is the celebrated author of Vegetarian Heartland: Recipes for Life’s Adventures (Chronicle Books, 2017); the bestselling Platters and Boards: Beautiful, Casual Spreads for Every Occassion (Chronicle Books, 2018); and the new Every Season Is Soup Season: 85+ Souper-Adaptable Recipes to Batch, Share, Reinvent, and Enjoy (Chronicle Books, 2023). She’s also the blogger and photographer behind Vegetarian Ventures (www.vegetarianventures.com), where she's been developing recipes and documenting her cooking and outdoor adventures since 2011. Her vegetarian recipes have been featured in Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Midwest Living, The Kitchn, Food52, O Magazine, and many others. She has partnered with brands including Crate & Barrel, Anthropologie, Williams Sonoma, Urban Outfitters, and more. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

In-Person Class
$50.00
8 spots left

February

22

2024

Flatbreads Around The World

1:00 pm
To
5:00 pm EST

This hands-on class takes you all the way back to the origin of bread. Flatbreads have been around since humans first picked wheat off the stalk and decided to grind it and heat it. Together, we’ll make Whole Wheat Tortillas*, Za'atar Flatbread, and Freshly Milled Whole Grain Naan. We'll teach you everything you need to know to make these versatile, full-flavored flatbreads.

You'll leave the BAKE! class with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, and all the flatbreads you made in class. You'll also go home with some great coupons.

In-Person: We'll end class with a tasting and you'll also leave with some great coupons.

* Please note, we use lard in the tortilla recipe, but if that doesn't work with your dietary needs, we can substitute butter. Just let us know ahead of time.

What our guests have to say about this class:

These breads are amazing! I loved them all so much! The only difficulty with the class is deciding which one to make first. —Dana Y.

In-Person Class
$135.00
3 spots left

February

22

2024

Mini Mambo Italiano: Italian Breads

5:30 pm
To
9:30 pm EST

Join us for this mini version of our popular hands-on baking class, "Mambo Italiano: Italian Breads." We'll take you on a brief bread-making journey through part of Italy, as we teach you how to make fresh-baked Italian bread from scratch the Zingerman's Bakehouse way. 

In this class, we'll walk you through the Bakehouse's recipes for Focaccia and Sicilian Sesame Semolina, covering all the essential techniques. You'll learn what in the world a poolish is and why you need it to make these loaves of bread. We'll also teach you how to handle yeasted doughs, proper kneading, shaping your loaves, finding out when your loaves are ready to bake, and more. You'll get plenty of hands-on practice, leaving you with the skills to bake these Italian breads at home anytime you want.

Let's meet the Bakehouse Italian breads you'll be making:

Focaccia—A tender flatbread topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano® cheese. It's a great bread to enjoy as an appetizer, to serve with spreads, or to make a sandwich with. Wait until you experience focaccia warm and fresh from your own oven. You might want to double the recipe at home to account for the imminent snack attack that's coming to a kitchen near you.

Sicilian Sesame Semolina—Our homage to Sicily and a Bakehouse favorite since we opened, this bread is made from nearly 100% durum wheat (the same used to make pasta) in its two different forms—both the coarser ground semolina and the more finely ground durum. The entire loaf is then rolled in unhulled sesame seeds before baking. The natural oil in all those seeds that cover the dough gets slowly roasted in the oven, contributing an intense flavor and aroma, not to mention a lovely little crunch. And that’s just the crust! Inside there’s a firm, rich, and almost cake-like crumb with a golden yellow hue. This bread is fantastic toasted or grilled and pairs beautifully with garlic butter, pesto, olive tapenade, or a sprinkle of good parmesan. For more on why we're so taken with this exceptional Italian bread, head to our blog and read: "Sara's Sweet on Sicilian Sesame Semolina."

You'll leave the BAKE! class with both our Italian bread recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, and the Focaccia and Sicilian Sesame Semolina you made in class.

In-Person: We'll end the in-person class with a tasting of what we made and you'll leave with some Sesame Semolina bread dough to bake later at home, plus some great coupons. You may want to bring a cooler and ice pack to class for storing your bake-at-home bread dough on the ride home if you are traveling more than an hour to attend. 

Virtual (2-day): On Day 1, we’ll meet for an our to mix our poolish, before fermenting it overnight, and answer any questions you may have. On Day 2, we'll be mixing our doughs and then, shaping, proofing, and baking our two Italian breads.

 

What our guests have to say about this class:

I was looking for bread baking tips and ended up learning tons. I've always been a big fan of baking and this class has inspired me to try baking different types of bread. —Zixuan W.

Fantastic class with just the right mix of art and science. —Bridget W.

In-Person Class
$135.00
5 spots left

February

23

2024

Dinner Series: American

1:00 pm
To
5:00 pm EST

 

Let's make dinner together! We’ll bake our way through some classic American favorites sure to bring a little comfort to your table. First, we'll make our slightly sweet and tender Bakehouse White Bread that will be perfect for grilled cheese. Next, we'll make our Bakehouse Tomato De-Vine Soup. Then for dessert, we'll make Pecan Diamonds with a tender shortbread crust and a chewy and crunchy caramel pecan topping. We'll end the class with everyone making their own grilled cheese sandwich for sampling with the soup! 

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

In-Person Class
$135.00
3 spots left

February

24

2024

BAKE!-cation Weekend: Pastry

9:00 am
To
5:00 pm EST

​​Our weekend BAKE!-cations® are the ultimate experience for the home baker! We guide you through a comprehensive education in baking techniques in a fun, exciting, relaxed and always hands-on classroom full of good humor and expert instruction. Your BAKE!-cation® includes breakfast and lunch everyday, as well as tastings throughout the weekend. Plus, you'll need an empty suitcase to bring home all the great food you've made!

Join us for an intensive weekend of baking some of our favorite pastries, including these from the Bakehouse: Danish, Banana Bread with Praline, Summer Fling Coffee Cake, Potato Bacon Strudel, Chocolate Ganache filled Chocolate Cake covered in Chocolate Fondant, Orange Date Scones, Run for the Roses Pie, Eclairs, and a demonstration of Bostock.

You’ll leave the BAKE!-cation® with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, all the tasty food you made in class, as well as some great coupons.

In-Person Class
$675.00
6 spots left