Zingerman's Classics

black magic brownies

this class is being offered virtually and in-person. 

We created this class years ago to celebrate the anniversary of Zingerman's Delicatessen (they opened way back in 1982!). In this hands-on class*, we'll teach you how to make our Jewish Rye Bread and Black Magic Brownies, old-time favorites; and our Hummingbird Cake, a more recent favorite, with pineapple, pecans, coconut, bananas, and cream cheese frosting. You'll also find out what a rye sour starter is and the secrets behind our rye bread's amazing flavor. 

You'll leave the BAKE! class with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, and everything you made in class: a rye sour starter, a loaf of Jewish Rye bread, Hummingbird cake, and Black Magic brownies.

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

* Please note, the virtual class takes place over two consecutive days. On Day One, we’ll meet to mix and discuss our rye sour starter. On Day Two, we’ll bake!

*The in-person class takes place over one day for four hours.

What our guests have to say about this class:

I have better sweet treats in my repertoire now. —Alia A.

I will for sure move from Betty Crocker to real brownies. —Alison H.

Fun, informative, educational, and I learned new and improved methods. —Joe 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]

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.

Dates for the Class Class Format Price Class Status Register
Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
Friday, July 16, 2021 - 9:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Virtual $85.00 14 spots left


Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
In-Person $85.00 6 spots left