Mini Mambo Italiano: Italian Breads

Sesame Semolina italian bread by Antonis Achilleos

Join us for this mini version of our popular hands-on baking class, "Mambo Italiano: Italian Breads." We'll take you on a brief bread-making journey through part of Italy, as we teach you how to make fresh-baked Italian bread from scratch the Zingerman's Bakehouse way. 

In this class, whether in-person or virtual*, we'll walk you through the Bakehouse's recipes for Focaccia and Sicilian Sesame Semolina, covering all the essential techniques. You'll learn what in the world a poolish is and why you need it to make these loaves of bread. We'll also teach you how to handle yeasted doughs, proper kneading, shaping your loaves, finding out when your loaves are ready to bake, and more. You'll get plenty of hands-on practice, leaving you with the skills to bake these Italian breads at home anytime you want.

Let's meet the Bakehouse Italian breads you'll be making:

Focaccia—A tender flatbread topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano® cheese. It's a great bread to enjoy as an appetizer, to serve with spreads, or to make a sandwich with. Wait until you experience focaccia warm and fresh from your own oven. You might want to double the recipe at home to account for the imminent snack attack that's coming to a kitchen near you.

Sicilian Sesame Semolina—Our homage to Sicily and a Bakehouse favorite since we opened, this bread is made from nearly 100% durum wheat (the same used to make pasta) in its two different forms—both the coarser ground semolina and the more finely ground durum. The entire loaf is then rolled in unhulled sesame seeds before baking. The natural oil in all those seeds that cover the dough gets slowly roasted in the oven, contributing an intense flavor and aroma, not to mention a lovely little crunch. And that’s just the crust! Inside there’s a firm, rich, and almost cake-like crumb with a golden yellow hue. This bread is fantastic toasted or grilled and pairs beautifully with garlic butter, pesto, olive tapenade, or a sprinkle of good parmesan. For more on why we're so taken with this exceptional Italian bread, head to our blog and read: "Sara's Sweet on Sicilian Sesame Semolina."

You'll leave the BAKE! class with both our Italian bread recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, and the Focaccia and Sicilian Sesame Semolina you made in class.

* We'll end the single-day, 4-hour in-person class with a bread tasting and you'll leave with Sesame Semolina bread dough to bake later at home, plus some great coupons.

(For the in-person class, you may want to bring a cooler and ice pack to class for storing your bake-at-home bread 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, the virtual class takes place over two consecutive days. On Day One, we’ll meet briefly to mix our poolish, before letting it ferment overnight, and we'll answer any questions you might have about the breads we'll be making. On Day Two, we'll be mixing, shaping, proofing, and baking our two Italian breads.

 

What our guests have to say about this class:

I was looking for bread baking tips and ended up learning tons. I've always been a big fan of baking and this class has inspired me to try baking different types of bread. —Zixuan W.

Fantastic class with just the right mix of art and science. —Bridget W.

Additional Products

Semolina and Durum Flour Kit

$20.00

We would love to send you the flour you 'knead' for Mini Mambo success. This kit includes 2# of our semolina flour and 2# of our Durum Flour, more than enough to make the Sicilian Sesame Semolina bread in our Mini Mambo Italiano class. The price includes ground shipping. 

My Weigh Kitchen Scale

$70.00

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, April 10, 2022 - 1:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
In-Person $135.00 4 spots left