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.

In-Person Classes Have Returned!

We're working on making them easier to find on the site. In the meantime, here's the current line-up of in-person offerings:

June

Tuesday, 6/22, 5 pm - 9 pm: Berry Delicious Fruit Pies (Sold Out)
Saturday, 6/26, 9 am - 1 pm: Sweet and Savory Galettes (Sold Out)
Tuesday, 6/29, 5pm - 9 pm: Ooh La La Croissants (Sold Out)

July

Tuesday, 7/6, 6 pm - 9 pm: Fresh Fruit Tarts (Sold Out)
Friday, 7/9, 12 pm - 4:30 pm: German Breads
Saturday, 7/10, 9 am - 11:30 am: Scones, 2 Ways
Saturday, 7/10, 9 am - 1 pm: Berry Delicious Fruit Pies (Sold Out)
Tuesday, 7/13, 6 pm - 9 pm: Soft Pretzels (Sold Out)
Tuesday, 7/20, 5 pm - 9 pm: Baking with Tahini
Friday, 7/23, 12 pm - 4 pm: Pizza: The Other American Pie
Saturday, 7/24, 8 am - 12 pm: Zingerman's Deli Pot Pies
Tuesday, 7/27, 5 pm - 9 pm: Detroit Classics
Wednesday, 7/28, 6 pm - 9 pm: Noodling About Strudelling
Friday, 7/30, 12 pm - 4:30 pm: Rockin' Rye Bread
Saturday, 7/31, 3 pm - 6 pm: Soft Pretzels

August

Saturday, 8/7, 9 am - 11:30 am: Scones, 2 Ways
Saturday, 8/7, 2 pm - 4:30 pm: Scones, 2 More Ways
Tuesday, 8/10, 6 pm - 9 pm: Noodling About Strudelling
Saturday, 8/14, 8 am - 12:30 pm: Better Bagels!
Tuesday, 8/17, 5 pm - 9 pm: Cream Pies
Saturday, 8/21, 9 am - 1 pm: Pick Me Up! Tiramisu
Saturday, 8/21, 2 pm - 6 pm: Baking Pies a Plenty
Tuesday, 8/24, 5 pm - 9 pm: Zingerman's Classics
Friday, 8/27, 12 pm - 4 pm: Fabulous French Baguettes

Upcoming BAKE! Classes

June

16

2021

Your Move: Chess Pies

12:00 pm
To
4:00 pm EDT

This class is being offered virtually. 

You won’t learn the Queen’s Gambit in this hands-on class, but we will teach you our best strategies for something equally as challenging—pie! We’ll set you up for success in creating two favorite Bakehouse pies—Chocolate Chess and Lemon Chess—including their flaky, all-butter crusts.

Chess pies are a Southern tradition. Chocolate Chess pie features a creamy baked chocolate custard, while Lemon Chess is made with lots of fresh lemon juice, fresh lemon zest, and a splash of buttermilk. Both are sure to be winning additions to your baking repertoire!

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



 

Include

Virtual Class
$75.00
10 spots left

June

16

2021

Detroit Classics

4:00 pm
To
8:30 pm EDT

This class is being offered virtually and in-person.

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 classic recipes. 

You'll leave the BAKE! class with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, and the pizza, coffee cake, and cookies you made in class.

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

Include

Virtual Class
$75.00
8 spots left

June

16

2021

Virtual Demo with Francesca: A Vegetarian Italian Dinner with Gnocchi

6:00 pm
To
8:00 pm EDT

This class is being offered virtually. 

In this virtual demo*, Francesca Giarraffa will show you how to make three Italian dishes that just so happen to be vegetarian: butternut squash gnocchi (Gnocchi di Zucca), roasted bell peppers stuffed with tomatoes, capers, and olives (Peperoni Ripieni), and tiramisu cups with chocolate and orange (Tiramisu in Coppa con Cioccolato e Arancia).

This demo will be recorded and sent out after class; feel free to sit back and relax and enjoy the show!

Francesca emigrated to the United States in 1984 from her home in Naples, Italy, and settled in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Francesca learned to cook the traditional way from her grandmother, mother, and Aunt Francesca who owned and operated a restaurant in Milan. She spent many of her teenage summers working side by side with her aunt in her restaurant kitchen. Francesca is well versed in the regional specialties of Milan and Naples and her repertoire also includes Sicilian dishes from her travels to Sicily to visit her father's family.

Francesca continued her culinary education in Ann Arbor restaurants and began her own catering business. Twenty years ago she began teaching Italian cooking at her home, and at Washtenaw Community College and Ann Arbor Rec & Ed., a branch of Ann Arbor Public schools. She also leads group culinary tours to Italy.

Interested in an immersive Italian experience? Join Zingerman's Food Tours for a trip to Tuscany this fall, October 4-13th, 2021. Go behind the scenes and visit traditional small producers of some of the region’s finest foods—from the massive wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano, to the beautiful, small bottles of real balsamic vinegar, from Chianti Classico wines and artisanal olive oil to the melt-in-your-mouth prosciutto crudo. You'll also get to enjoy Tuscan cooking lessons in a 15th-century villa in the rolling hills outside of Florence!

*Please note, this is not a virtual hands-on class but a demonstration held over Zoom—this means that you’ll be watching as the guest chef prepares dishes. Unlike our hands-on classes, this is not an interactive experience, and thus, we do not encourage attempting to bake or cook along with the program. Recipes will be sent in an email with your class confirmation.

Virtual Class
$20.00
102 spots left

June

17

2021

Eton Mess Roulade

12:00 pm
To
3:00 pm EDT

This class is being offered virtually.

Eton Mess is a classic Engish dessert made with crunchy meringue, whipped cream, and fresh strawberries. Roulade is a French word for something that’s rolled. In this hands-on class, we’ll put the two together to create a light, delicious treat that’s, well, anything but a mess! Together we’ll create this stunning swirled dessert by making crispy, chewy meringue; layering it with a cream filling and strawberries; rolling it up; and adorning it with more berries and fresh mint.

You'll leave the BAKE! class with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, and the Eton Mess Roulade you made in class. 

* Please note, to make the Eton Mess Roulade, you’ll need a stand mixer with a whip attachment or hand-held mixer.

Include

Virtual Class
$60.00
8 spots left

June

17

2021

Flatbreads Around The World

4:00 pm
To
8:30 pm EDT

This class is being offered virtually. 

This 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. In this class we’ll make whole wheat tortillas*, za'atar bread, and einkorn 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.

*We use lard in this one, but if that doesn't work with your dietary needs we can substitute butter. Just let us know ahead of time.*

* Please note, there are some specialty flours (Einkorn and True North) that are needed for this class, both of which are available for purchase in the Flatbread Flour Kit and in the Bakehouse Bakeshop. If you'd like more information before signing up for the class, please email [email protected] and we'll send you the information. 

 

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
$75.00
13 spots left