This class is being offered virtually.
Join us for one of our best hands-on classes for new bakers. In this two-day class*, we'll teach you how to make traditional French baguettes the Zingerman's Bakehouse way. Most commercial bread in stores labeled “baguette”, are soft and bland, bearing no resemblance to the traditional French bread that Parisian bakers first developed around 1920, in response to a law that went into effect forbidding them from starting their workday before 4am. Baking long, thin loaves took less time to make than naturally leavened rustic breads, so Parisian bakers were able to get them mixed, formed, and baked in the short window before their shops opened. In keeping with French tradition, the Bakehouse's baguettes have an authentically crispy exterior and a beautifully holey interior, which we'll teach you in this class. Tear one open and the thin crunchy crust will shatter and the airy open crumb inside will give off that sweet aroma of fresh baked bread.
On Day One, we'll meet to discuss and mix a flavorful poolish (bakers call it a pre-ferment, it’s like a starter), before letting it sit overnight, and we'll answer any questions you may have. On Day Two, we'll make our bread dough, go over the techniques of hand rolling and shaping the dough into baguettes, which we'll proof and then bake to a crispy golden brown. Imagine serving breakfast to out-of-town guests and bringing out a perfect baguette that they swear must have been airlifted from Paris.
You'll leave the BAKE! class with our French baguette recipe, the knowledge to recreate it at home, and the French baguettes you made in class.
* Please note, this virtual class takes place over two consecutive days. On Day One, we’ll meet to mix our poolish and answer any questions you might have. On Day Two, we will be mixing, shaping, and baking our baguettes.
What our guests have to say about this class:
I came in never having tried making bread and I feel I'm leaving with the knowledge to try and create some on my own. —Nate R.
Everyone should know how to make baguettes like this. I've been trying to make good baguettes for awhile. This has opened my mind. —John D.
Taking your baking classes has given me the confidence to bake more frequently, trying new recipes to prepare for friends and family. —Lisa S.
Basic Bread Baking Kit
Our Basic Bread Baking Kit is great for bakers who are just starting to experiment with bread baking. It comes with 5 tools that will help you get started on your bread baking adventure: a bowl scraper, a bench knife, a lame with three razor blades (for scoring bread), an oven thermometer, and a digital thermometer. The price includes ground shipping. For more in-depth equipment descriptions please go to our FAQ page or send an email to [email protected].
Everything Bread Baking Kit
Our Everything Bread Baking Kit is great for more experienced bread bakers, or those looking to expand their world of breads. It contains all of the equipment from the Basic Bread Baking Kit (bowl scraper, bench knife, lame with three razor blades, oven thermometer, and digital thermometer), plus a willow proofing basket, a linen couche for making baguettes, cheesecloth, and ten sheets of parchment paper. The price includes ground shipping. For more in-depth equipment descriptions please go to our FAQ page or send us an email at [email protected].
My Weigh Kitchen Scale
A scale is the perfect way to take the guesswork out of your measuring, but not all scales are created equal. The My Weigh KD-8000 is one of our favorites, and it's the same version of the scale our instructors use during BAKE! Classes. We like it because it weighs accurately down to 1 gram/0.05 oz, which means even small measurements will be precise. It also has a Baker's Math function that lets you calculate percentages of other ingredients in a recipe based on the total weight of your flour—a great way to figure out your dough's hydration, or to scale a recipe up or down!
The scale is battery-powered (but comes with an AC adapter if you'd rather have it plugged in) and has a weight capacity of up to 8000 grams/17.62 lb. It features a backlit LCD readout with a protective cover, and a removable platform for easy cleaning. Shipping is included in the price.
|Dates for the Class||Class Format||Price||Class Status||Register|
Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Friday, June 11, 2021 - 8:00am - 2:00pm EDT
|Virtual Virtual||$85.00||15 spots left||