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

February

26

2020

Mindful Bread Baking part 2

6:00 pm
To
8:00 pm

You have your water, flour, yeast and salt... what happens next? How does that dough somehow turn into a good looking, tasty loaf of bread? What are some of the key factors for a successful bake? How do you control fermentation? As it turns out, there's a lot happening behind the scenes once you mix up your ingredients and leave them to rest. In the second installment of Mindful Bread Baking, we'll delve into mixing and fermentation for a closer look at what makes bread so magical!

This is a technical lecture class meant as an accompaniment to our hands on classes. It's full of scientific detail. Great for self identified bread nerds and those just curious about the inner workings of bread making. It is the second class in a series of two.

$45.00
15 spots left

February

27

2020

Palmiers & Puff Pastry

10:00 am
To
2:00 pm

Learn to make your own buttery laminated puff pastry. We'll start with the very popular Bakehouse sweet treat: the palmier, a crisp caramelized French cookie. You'll also make savory cheese straws with Parmigiano Reggiano®. We'll then demonstrate how to make turnovers. Get expert tips on making delicious and oh-so-versatile puff pastry from scratch. These are great recipes and skills to have, especially for those who like to entertain. 

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, 1 dozen palmiers, cheese straws, dough to bake later, and great coupons.

**You may want to bring a cooler to put your take-home dough in if you are traveling more than an hour to attend class.

What our guests have to say about the class:

I came specifically to improve previous efforts with palmiers. What I made today is many times the quality I've managed on my own. Thank you so, so much!! —Anon

$130.00
5 spots left

February

27

2020

Pizza: The Other American Pie

5:30 pm
To
9:30 pm

Ah, the pizza pie! It's a cornerstone of the American diet, and yet so few folks actually make pizza at home! We're here to show you how easy and fun it can be to make New York-style and Chicago-style pizza recipes with a variety of cheeses, including Parmigiano Reggiano®, and toppings. We'll fire up our wood-fired oven to BAKE! them and give you plenty of pizza samples in class. We will also demonstrate Pizza Bianca, a flavorful Italian bread that is a great accompaniment to any dinner. The next time you reach for the phone to order pizza delivery, you'll remember it's fun and a lot more flavorful to make it yourself.

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, one New York-style pizza, one Chicago-style pizza, two New York-style pizza doughs, one Chicago-style pizza dough, and great coupons. Not to mention a full tummy from plenty of pizza snacking in class!

What our guests have to say about this class:

I'm going to make pizza at home. I've taken 4 classes and this feels the most applicable to everyday life. — Kelsey C.

I learned a lot about the structure, ingredients, and baking of a variety of pizzas. —Pat M.

$130.00
1 spot left

March

1

2020

Naturally Gluten Free Desserts

8:00 am
To
12:00 pm

Not all treats have to contain wheat! These gluten free desserts have no flour and are amazingly delicious all the same. Learn to make pavlova, a light and airy meringue topped with whipped cream and a stunning array of fresh fruit. Then bake a dark, rich flourless chocolate cake everyone will want the recipe for.

$130.00
4 spots left

March

4

2020

Detroit Classics

11:00 am
To
3:00 pm

Experience three classics from Detroit institutions that have been around since the 1920s and 1940s. Together we'll bake Detroit-style deep dish pizza with caramelized cheese edges baked in a blue steel pan, spiced almond cookies in the traditional windmill shape, and a long john coffee cake with a butter, brown sugar, and walnut streusel. Get a little piece of history and a big bite of flavor, along with plenty of hands-on practice, and tips for mastering these new recipes. 

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, one pizza, one coffee cake, cookies, and great coupons.

What our guests have to say about this class:

This class helped me realize that baking isn't as intimidating as I had feared, and can be fun (and not just a chore). —Remy D.

These classes make home baking seem much more doable. —Margaret B.

I never wanted to make pizza at home but now I definitely will. —Arielle J.

$130.00
1 spot left