Hungarian Stars

Somodi Kalács, a cinnamon swirl bread, recipe in our virtual baking class

This class is being offered virtually. 

Join us for this hands-on class to learn two of our Hungarian favorites that are so good they grace the pages of our cookbook, Zingerman's Bakehouse: Rigó Jansci [pronounced, ree-GO yan-CHEE], a traditional Hungarian coffeehouse torte named after Rigó Jancsi (1858-1927), a famous Hungarian violinist who seduced and married Detroit native, Clara Ward, Princesse de Caraman-Chimay. It's two light layers of chocolate sponge cake filled with chocolate rum whipped cream and iced with apricot glaze and dark chocolate ganache. We'll also make our Somodi Kalács [pronounced, sho-mo-dee-ka-loch], a cinnamon swirl bread. This class covers a variety of techniques—from making and glazing your torte to folding and rolling the cinnamon swirl inside your yeasted bread dough.

For some background on our passion for Hungarian food, head to our blog and read "Why We're Hooked on Hungarian Baked Goods: The Tenth Anniversary of a Bakehouse Specialty." 

For the fascinating story that inspired the Rigó Jancsi torte, head to the Bakehouse website and read: "A Cake, A Legend, A Forbidden Love."

* Please note to make the Rigó Jancsi torte, you’ll need a stand mixer with a whip attachment or a hand-held mixer. 

Additional Products

Basic Pastry Baking Kit

$60.00

Our Basic Pastry Kit is ideal for newer pastry bakers, and includes tools we typically use for baked goods like scones, cookies, and brownies. It comes packed with the following equipment: a bowl scraper, a bench knife, an oven thermometer, ten sheets of parchment paper, a small pastry brush, a small offset spatula, 1 oz portion scoop, and a french rolling pin. 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].

Basic Bread Baking Kit

$60.00

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

$115.00

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].

Everything Pastry Baking Kit

$115.00

Want to elevate your baked goods to baked greats? Our Everything Pastry Kit adds more handy tools we like to use for baking, decorating, and displaying your delicious works of art. In addition to everything from the Basic Pastry Kit (bowl scraper, bench knife, oven thermometer, parchment paper, pastry brush, small offset spatula, 1 oz scoop, rolling pin), it comes packed with the following equipment: a pastry blender, 1/3 oz portion scoop, a whisk, large and small piping bags, a large star and a large round decorating tips, and 3 cake boards—10x14-inch rectangle, 9-inch round, and a 12-inch round. 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

$60.00

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.


Dates for the Class Class Format Price Class Status Register
Sunday, June 27, 2021 - 9:00am - 2:00pm EDT
Virtual $75.00 12 spots left

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