Stuck in a quarantine baking rut? Try your hand at some new treats with help from the pros at Zingerman’s. Bake!, Zingerman’s teaching bakery based in Ann Arbor, recently launched virtual versions of its in-person classes, and its teachers are now guiding home bakers around the world in the art of bread, pastry, cookie, and cake creation.
“An international community of bakers is forming,” says Sara Molinaro, principal and lead instructor of Bake! “We’ve had students from across the globe in our first virtual classes — home bakers are tuning in everywhere from Israel and India to Germany and New Zealand. “As much [as] we’ll always love our in-person classes, it’s been so fun to instruct and encourage our students virtually.”
Upcoming live virtual events include the Fancy Schmancy Holiday Cookie Class — the teaching bakery’s most popular in-person class — and a pie-making class. The cookie class will teach students, who can order an ingredient kit beforehand, how to make pfeffernüsse, a small spice cookie popular in Germany; linzer cookies, an Austrian sandwich cookie with a jam center; and more. The pie class will cover pumpkin and apple pies as well as how to make pie crust.
Bake!, which has been hosting in-person classes for 15 years, shares a full schedule of its virtual events on its website. Each class is limited to 12 or fewer households to ensure that students can get the attention they need, and registered participants will receive a guide with recipes, a grocery list, and a Zoom invitation before class. Bake! is also offering private classes.
“Zingerman’s Bakehouse is as passionate about starting new baking traditions as we are about preserving established baking traditions,” says Amy Emberling, co-managing partner of Zingerman’s Bakehouse. “Every day, we’re committed to community, learning, and full-flavored foods. Our new virtual class offerings help us share these core values with a larger audience, just in time for the holidays.”
For more information, visit bakewithzing.com.