Fabulous French Baguettes

French Baguettes made in our Virtual Baking Class. Photo by Antonis Achilleos

Join us for one of our best hands-on classes for new bakers. In this hands-on 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 4 am. 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.

In this class, we'll teach you to make our traditional French baguette recipe—starting with a flavorful poolish (bakers call it a pre-ferment, it’s like a starter) and mixing up our bread dough. We'll then 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, the French baguettes you made in class, and some great coupons. 

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.

Additional Products

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. The price includes ground shipping.

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Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 5:00pm - 9:30pm EST
In-Person $130.00 Sold out Add me to the waitlist
Saturday, January 22, 2022 - 1:30pm - 5:30pm EST
In-Person $135.00 8 spots left
Saturday, February 19, 2022 - 1:30pm - 5:30pm EST
In-Person $135.00 10 spots left