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

2

2023

Better Bagels!

1:00 pm
To
5:00 pm EST

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 hands-on class, we'll teach you to make great bagels from scratch. You’ll mix your dough, 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, everything mix, and coarse salt)Caramelized onions can be added to part of the dough for a flavorful addition. We’ll also show you how to make traditional bialys—crispy, chewy rolls 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 bagels and bialys you made in class.

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 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.

In-Person Class
$135.00
2 spots left

February

2

2023

Showstopping Dessert: Raspberry Charlotte

6:00 pm
To
9:00 pm EST

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

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

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

Virtual: You'll need a stand mixer with a whip attachment or a hand-held mixer.

What our guests have to say about this class:

Great learning experience. I learned a new and better method for egg separating and made custard for the first time. —Mary P.

I loved the simple step-by-step instructions, help, and encouragement. —Karen D.

You took a recipe that would normally intimidate me and made it fun and simple. —Lucy V.

In-Person Class
$110.00
7 spots left

February

3

2023

Cream Pies

1:00 pm
To
5:00 pm EST

Do you love custards and puddings? Love buttery pie crusts?  Eat whipped cream by the spoonful? If your answers are Yes! Yes! and Yes!, then this hands-on class is for you!

Join us to make two of our Bakehouse's best: Coconut Cream Pie and Chocolate Cream Pie. We'll also demonstrate our sweet and tangy Key Lime Pie. Yes, the latter one is baked, so it's not really a “cream” pie, but it’s definitely creamy and delicious. (Please see below for in-person versus virtual class content.)

We'll teach you how to make from scratch a buttery and flaky pie crust (no shortening allowed!), how to roll and blind bake the crust, and make the coconut filling and chocolate filling. For the key lime pie, we'll show you how to make a buttery graham cracker crust, and the rich, tart filling from scratch. We'll end with a demonstration on making 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 2 pies you made in class.

In-person: We'll end class with a pie tasting and you'll go home with some great coupons. We will make the Coconut Cream Pie and Chocolate Cream pie, and demonstrate the Key Lime Pie in the in-person session.

Virtual: It will be helpful to have on hand a stand mixer with a whisk attachment or a hand-held mixer to make the whipped cream for the two pies. We will make the Coconut Cream Pie and Key Lime Pie in the virtual session.

In-Person Class
$135.00
5 spots left

February

3

2023

Wholey Whole Grain Breads

1:00 pm
To
5:00 pm EST

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
1 spot left

February

3

2023

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 Bread, and Freshly Milled Whole Grain Naan; and we’ll demonstrate how to make a proper Matzo. 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.

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Virtual Class
$85.00
18 spots left