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

January

29

2020

Legally Magic Brownies

5:30 pm
To
9:30 pm

Brownies are easy even without a box mix, but you really can taste the difference when you make them with great ingredients. We’ll make four different varieties including our very own Magic Brownie (called one of the top 20 recipes of all time by Midwest Living magazine), a fudgy brownie, Buenos Aires Brownies with dulce de leche caramel, and Pecan Blondies. After tasting all of these brownies you’ll leave feeling magical.

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, four pans of brownies you made in class, and great coupons.

$130.00
8 spots left

January

30

2020

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.

What our guests have to say about this class:

I made graham crackers at home before I took this class that did not turn out. I now know what I did wrong and how to make them so they turn out crispy and tasty. —Kateri B.

 

$130.00
5 spots left

February

2

2020

Cheers To British Baked Goods

1:30 pm
To
5:30 pm

The baked goods of the United Kingdom are so different from what most Americans eat every day. In this class, we’ll delve into the techniques behind some of our favorites. You'll make fresh English muffins (which are an ocean apart from what you can get at the supermarket), oatcakes, and shortbread. It’ll be no surprise if, after taking this class, you start calling your friends to high tea every day!

You’ll leave BAKE! With our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, all the food you made in class and great coupons.

What our guests have to say about this class:

Real English muffins are so much better than storebought—will probably never purchase them again. —Kim G.

$110.00
1 spot left

February

5

2020

Bring on the Brioche

5:30 pm
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9:30 pm

Brioche is one of the most satisfyingly rich breads in the world. And while it might seem a little trendy (brioche burger buns are popping up on many restaurant menus), the funny thing is, brioche is on record as being made over 600 years ago. It is believed to have originated with the Normans. Many years later came the famous Marie Antoinette quote “S’ils n’ont plus de pain, qu’ils mangent de la brioche,” commonly translated as “If they have no bread, let them eat cake.”

In case you’ve never had the pleasure of a soft, buttery slice of brioche, we’ll gladly fill you in. It’s really a small step away from being a pastry (hence the translation from “brioche” to “cake” in Miss Antoinette’s quote). It has a golden color and rich, soft texture from all the eggs and butter added to the flour, yeast, and salt. It’s great on its own, of course, but it makes rich bread pudding and French toast, and takes sandwiches and burgers to another level.

In this BAKE! class, the scent of butter will fill the room when you learn how to make brioche dough, shape it, and bake it to perfection. You'll get plenty of hands-on practice in class with mixing, kneading, and proofing yeasted doughs—and you’ll be amazed by just how much butter you knead into the dough!

Brioche is one of the most satisfyingly rich breads in the world. The scent of butter will fill the room when you learn how to make brioche dough, shape it and bake it to perfection. We’ll show you how versatile this dough is by making classic brioche buns; a traditional round tête shape, chocolate-filled brioche roll; a savory brioche roll filled with sausage; and a sweet loaf called Craquelin, the national bread of Belgium! You’ll get plenty of hands-on practice in class with mixing, kneading and proofing yeasted doughs.

If you need more inspiration, you can find brioche at the Bakehouse in a couple of different forms. Frank and Amy, Bakehouse managing partners, tried bostock well over a decade ago and were still thinking about it, so we just had to start making this pastry creation and sharing them with you. Every day, our bakers begin with a thick slice of our buttery brioche bread, brush it with orange-flavored simple syrup, spread it with almond frangipane, sprinkle it with toasted almonds and bake it. It’s a breakfast pastry totally worth getting out of bed for (but it’s good for dessert too!). We also make small brioche rolls (with or without a sprinkling of sea salt on top) that make an irresistible addition to any dinner spread.

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, two loaves, eight rolls, dough to bake later, and great coupons.

What our guests have to say about this class:

It's a super approachable teaching method—not intimidating at all and so informative! —Melanie

It was a very fun class, challenging but instructors were very encouraging with technique and methods. They gave great advice on alternative toppings and ingredients because of allergies. —Elizabeth H.

So much fun—energetic, enthusiastic instructors that keep it simple and practical—builds your confidence that you can do this at home. I can't wait to get started making my own brioch buns for some amazing black bean burgers. —Diane S.

$130.00
4 spots left

February

5

2020

BAKE! Book Club: Kachka by Bonnie Frumkin Morales and Deena Prichep

6:30 pm
To
8:30 pm

Explore Russia's rich and colorful food culture with this vibrant, lively book! Meet up to talk (and eat!) our way through Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking with BAKE! and Bakehouse staff. 

Released with much acclaim and winner of Food52’s Piglet competition, Bonnie Frumkin Morales’ debut cookbook is a collection of the recipes that made Kachka, her Portland restaurant famous as well as simple staples and absolute showstoppers. The cookbook's pages are filled with dumplings, meatballs, schnitzel, sweets, and (of course) a shot of vodka or two, so you'll certainly find a new recipe you love! Sign up to bring your favorite dish from the book, or just enjoy a sampling of what we whip up here in our kitchen. We'll be making:

  • Beet Caviar-Stuffed Eggs

  • Shkvarky with Buckwheat Blini and Lingonberry Mustard

  • Sour Cherry Vareniki

This event is perfect for anyone who's looking to expand their cooking repertoire beyond the basics. Never tried Russian cooking? You might be surprised at how much you'll love it! Kachka features vibrant local ingredients, and gives new and exciting twists to some modern cooking trends like fermentation, pickling, and bone broths. A BAKE! instructor will be your guide as you come explore a new (or old) cuisine with other passionate cooks. One thing's for sure: you won't leave hungry. There will be plenty of food to share!

$20.00
2 spots left