Zingerman's Baking and Cooking Classes in Ann Arbor

 
**Mask Update** 

Based on the current recommendations from the Washtenaw County Health Department, our staff members will once again be wearing masks at work, regardless of vaccination status, and we’re requesting that guests wear masks for in-person classes.

Thank you for being considerate of our team and your fellow BAKE!ers.


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

October

24

2021

Baking Pies a Plenty

8:00 am
To
12:00 pm EDT

Every baker should know how to make a pie crust. You never stood on a chair to help Grandma bake a pie? You don’t get many second chances in life, but here’s your opportunity to learn how she did it.

In this hands-on class, we’ll deliver the techniques of how to make a pie crust the Zingerman's Bakehouse way—creating a flaky crust with butter, and another crust using lard and butter (no shortening allowed!). We'll teach you how to make the dough by hand and successfully roll it out, show you what "par-baking" and "blind-baking" a crust means, and also how to crimp the edges to make your pies look beautiful. Pie flavors for this class vary by season (Apr-Sept: blueberry and chocolate cream, Oct-Mar: apple and pecan). Roll up your sleeves and join in the fun so you can tell all your friends you learned how to make a pie crust.

For some history on the American pie classics, apple and pecan, head to our blog and read: "Baking Apple Pies A Plenty for the Holidays" and "The All-American Pecan Pie."

You'll leave the BAKE! class with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them and make pie crust at home, and the two pies you made in class.

We'll end the in-person class with a pie tasting and you'll go home with some great coupons.

What our guests have to say about this class:

I thought I knew plenty about pie crust and was hoping for more confidence and consistency. I learned more than I could've ever imagined. Encouraging, no-judgment environment, knowledgable teachers, great value. —Josh B.

I am so much more confident and I can't wait to try these crusts at home. First time in 100 years that I made a crust that fit the pan, was delicious, and didn't come from a box. —Lee Anne S.

Have long feared the pie, even though I made okay ones. Techniques=confidence=more pies. My friends will thank you. —Susan L.

In-Person Class
$130.00
2 spots left

October

24

2021

Palmiers & Puff Pastry

1:30 pm
To
5:30 pm EDT

In this hands-on class, 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. We'll also make savory cheese straws with Parmigiano Reggiano®. We'll then show you 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 the BAKE! class with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, and everything you made in class, including palmiers, cheese straws, and turnovers. 

We'll end the in-person class with a tasting of what we made and you'll go home with puff pastry dough to bake later** as well as some great coupons.

** For the in-person class, you may want to bring a cooler and ice pack to class with you for storing your bake-at-home puff pastry dough on the ride home if you are traveling more than an hour to attend. That way it will stay chilled and not begin to rise on your trip home.

* Please note for the virtual class, depending on how much puff pastry you want to make, you’ll have the option of making with one batch of dough 2 out of the 3 recipes we'll be making in the class. If you want to make all 3 recipes, you'll just need another batch of dough, which also freezes beautifully should you have any leftover after making your third item.

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

In-Person Class
$130.00
3 spots left

October

27

2021

Autumn Treats

4:00 pm
To
8:30 pm EDT

Together we’ll make some super delicious fall treats! A spicy and moist Gingerbread coffee cake, a creamy Pumpkin cheesecake (with a Ginger Jump-up cookie crust), and, to round it off, caramel-dipped apples. 

You'll leave the BAKE! class with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, and all the amazing autumn treats you made in class.

Virtual Class
$75.00
1 spot left

October

28

2021

Chocolate Treats

12:00 pm
To
3:30 pm EDT

Calling all chocolate lovers to make Mud Pie and dangerous cookies. You'll learn our newest American hit, the Mississippi Mud Pie. It's decadent for sure and full of new techniques to learn: a new brownie recipe, soft chocolate ganache, and toasted meringue!* For a daily chocolate fix to nibble on, we'll teach you our Triple Trouble Chocolate Cookies, made with cocoa powder, melted dark chocolate, and chunks of milk chocolate. They're an insider favorite at the Bakehouse and dangerously good.

You'll leave the BAKE! class with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, and the Mississippi Mud Pie and Triple Trouble Chocolate Cookies you made in class.

We'll end the in-person class with a tasting of what we made and you'll go home with some great coupons.

*Please note for the virtual class, you'll need a stand mixer with a whip attachment or a hand-held mixer to make the Swiss meringue topping for the Mississippi Mud Pie. A torch for toasting the meringue is helpfully delicious but not required. 

Include

Virtual Class
$60.00
2 spots left

October

29

2021

Pizza Primo

12:00 pm
To
5:00 pm EDT

We know our students can’t seem to get enough pizza. And why not? It’s fun to make and fun to eat. This collection of recipes will elevate your pizza making to a new level. Together, we’ll construct a double crust pizza crostata filled with homemade meatballs, sausage, and roasted tomatoes and peppers; cheesy calzones with tomato sauce, and stromboli with savory Italian meats and cheese. We'll teach you how to make the pizza dough from scratch for each recipe, go over the basics of dough fermentation and shaping, and how to bake your crusts. Make your next family pizza night primo!

You'll leave the BAKE! class with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, and everything you made in class: a pizza crostata, two calzones, and a stromboli.

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Virtual Class
$75.00
1 spot left