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August 31, 2022

New Yorker Onion Rolls from the Bakehouse

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews An early September Special Bake Back in the early months of 1982, Paul and I drove all over the Detroit area together going from one bakery to another to try rye bread. The one we settled on, for whatever reasons of fate and good fortune, was the only one of the […]

August 24, 2022

Summer Fling Coffee Cake – Special Bake!

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A late-season weekend fling with one of my Bakehouse favorites As we move into the final weeks of summer, the Bakehouse has decided to have one more fling with the season. Or at least with this seasonally lovely coffee cake from the pastry kitchen. Summer Fling Coffee Cake will be out this […]

August 22, 2022

Apple Rétes Made with Rare “Transparent Apples”

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Special Hungarian Apple “strudel” from the Bakehouse In Hungary, what Germans and Austrians call strudel is known as “rétes” (pronounced “ray-TESH”). If you go to Hungary, you’ll find that rétes holds near-religious significance and is a regular item in pretty much every bakery and cafe. Chef Helen Czégény & Clara M. […]

August 22, 2022

Buckwheat Honey Cake from the Bakehouse

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A sweet Jewish New Year’s tradition Eating honey at Rosh Hashanah is a traditional way to ring in a “sweet new year.” As Arthur Schwartz wrote in Arthur Schwartz’s Jewish Home Cooking: Yiddish Recipes Revisited, “Honey cake is not so much loved as revered.” This honey cake is one of my favorite ways to […]

August 3, 2022

Potato Dill Bread from the Bakehouse

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Super special midsummer Special Bake! One of my long-time favorites from the Bakehouse is making a rare special appearance this coming weekend. I figured I’d give you the heads up so you can pick up a couple loaves for your house, same as I’ll be doing for ours. A sourdough base […]

July 9, 2022

Pumpkin Cheesecake from the Bakehouse

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Amazing autumn release from the Bakehouse The history of cheesecake in general seems, in rudimentary form, to date back to England in the 15th century. A closer-to-what-we’re-now-used-to form, is likely 18th century in its origins. Its American advancement happened in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. American cream cheese was […]

July 8, 2022

Tunisian Olive Oil Cake from the Bakehouse

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A bit of northern Mediterranean culinary “sunshine!” In the spirit of the sorts of regenerative natural cycles that lead us to call for more composting and more compassion, a few months ago, the staff member I quoted above gifted me a copy of Charlie Mackesy’s beautifully touching kid’s book The Boy, the […]

July 8, 2022

Somodi Kalács – Special Bake!

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Hungarian Cinnamon Swirl Bread from the Bakehouse Somodi Kalács (pronounced sho-MO-dee-ka-loch) already has a strong cult-following and I’m confident it will only continue to grow going forward. If you’re not yet familiar with it, Somodi Kalács is a particularly tasty cinnamon swirl loaf that’s made in the tradition of the Transylvanian […]

July 8, 2022

Esterházy Torta from the Bakehouse

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Tricky to pronounce, easy to eat, traditional Hungarian pastry Nearly all of the food we work with here at Zingerman’s is, in its roots, poor peoples’ food. Even some of our most expensive items—Parmigiano Reggiano, extra virgin olive oil, artisan bread and pastry from the Bakehouse, prosciutto di Parma, pastrami, pulled pork bbq … though relatively costly by […]

July 8, 2022

Chestnut Baguette – Special Bakehouse Bake!

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A beautiful and delicious bread to brighten your day James Beard once said: “Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.” This chestnut baguette from the Bakehouse would back up James Beard’s statement in a big way. I love it. […]

July 6, 2022

Wild Blueberry Buckle Makes a Comeback!

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A long-standing classic returns for a special appearance this summer! I can’t recall when we started making Blueberry Buckle, but it’s been a classic and a fan favorite pretty much ever since. If you haven’t had it, it’s a wonderful crumb-topped, cinnamon-scented, butter-enriched, and blueberry-laced coffee cake that you can eat, […]

June 20, 2022

Peppered Bacon Farm Bread

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A Special Bake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse If you’ve had Peppered Bacon Farm bread before, you already know how excellent it is. If you haven’t had it, well, there’s a first time for everything, right? The base, as you can tell from the name, is our very popular Farm Bread (naturally leavened, organic […]

April 27, 2022

Better-Than-Ever Hot Cross Buns from the Bakehouse

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews An Easter tradition from England, made better with whole grains! For centuries now, English people have marked the end of the culinary abstinence of the Lenten period in part by eating Hot Cross Buns! In celebration of Good Friday and Easter, Zingerman’s Bakehouse makes a special bake of Hot Cross Buns! […]

March 3, 2022

Hamantaschen from the Bakehouse

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Celebrate Purim with Paul’s favorite pastry product Purim is the Jewish holiday that celebrates the Persian Jews outwitting the wicked minister Haman who was out to annihilate them. Haman was going to have all the Jews put to death, but the uncle (Mordechai) of the Queen (Esther) found out about […]

February 24, 2022

Hungarian Dessert: Rigó Jancsi

Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews Chocolate Torte with Chestnut Cream- a seriously terrific Hungarian pastry!   It’s been over a decade now since we first started making Rigó Jancsi at the Bakehouse. It’s one of the most elegant, and excellent, pieces of pastry we make, and it has a terrific story to go with it. Rigó […]

February 12, 2022

Chocolate Cheesecake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse

  Excerpt from Ari’s Top 5 enews A Valentine’s treat you can eat every day! The Bakehouse’s Chocolate Cheesecake may well have some of our most loyal promoters. It only comes around a couple times a year, but when it does, its longtime fans rejoice. Like all of the amazing Bakehouse cheesecakes, this one begins with fresh, hand-ladled […]