Zingerman's Bakehouse by Amy Emberling and Frank Carollo

Since 1992, Michigan's renowned Zingerman's Bakehouse in Ann Arbor has been feeding hungry locals and travelers from across the United States. In celebration of their 25th anniversary, Amy Emberling and Frank Carollo decided to share 65 of their well-tested, carefully detailed recipes in a stunning cookbook, Zingerman's Bakehouse: Best-Loved Recipes for Baking People Happy.

From the opening pages that begin with their appreciations, to the introductions of the bakers, to the perfect exhaustive manner in which they approach each recipe, their love of what they do is palpable. It is also evident that they want their readers to be successful - see the first chapter "setting the stage for successful baking" and the myriad tips and hints throughout the book.

Detailed instructions accompany each recipe from their sourdough starter, savory Pogácsa (the iconic Hungarian roll) to flaky Rétes (sweet and savory strudel). Recipes include bagels, pies, cookies, their famous breads (from sourdough to rye), soups, rolls and more.

I made the New deli crumb cake several months ago and it thankfully disappeared  because it was dangerous to have around. Equally dangerous were the Obama buns (pecan sticky buns). Recently, I bought a Detroit style pizza pan and on page 89 of this book there is a recipe for Detroit style pizza that is calling my name.

In these pages the authors left nothing on the table - successes, failures, secret recipes - it is all here waiting for us to devour. Beautiful photographs, fun narrative and perfect recipes, what more could you ask for in a cookbook. For those in the Ann Arbor area, the Bakehouse offers classes. Who wants to drive to Ann Arbor with me? Bake trip! 

Special thanks to the publisher, Chronicle for sharing the recipe for Walnut and currant rugelach below for our members to try now. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to enter our contest to win one of three copies of Zingerman's Bakehouse.


Walnut and currant rugelach
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Makes 16 rugelach

Rugelach are the most popular and well-known Jewish cookies in the United States and are definitely the most popular Jewish cookies we make at the bakery. This version is a mix between a cookie and a pastry, with a delicate and flaky dough (two-thirds of the dough is fat-butter and cream cheese) encasing special fillings, sprinkled with sugar, and baked until golden brown.

Rugelach evolved from the Eastern European Jewish cookie called kipfel. In the early 1950s, the name "rugelach" appeared, and now it has taken over. The word seems to come from rug (Slavic for "horn") and lakh (a diminutive plural), thus "little horns."

The original cookie was made with a yeasted dough. The now very common unleavened form was first introduced in the United States in the 20th century because it was easier to make and stayed fresh longer than the yeasted version. The use of cream cheese in the dough started in the early 1950s.

The popularity of rugelach is surprising to us because they're plain looking, without a lot of eye appeal. People who have never tried them are shocked at how good they are. Rugelach can be made in many different flavors-apricot, raspberry, and chocolate, to name a few. This is our most popular flavor-walnuts and currants.


  • Unsalted butter, room temperature 3/4 cup 170 g
  • Philadelphia cream cheese, room temperature 3/4 cup 170 g
  • Sea salt 1/2 tsp
  • Pastry flour 1 cup plus 3 Tbsp 170 g


  • Walnuts 1/2 cup 55 g
  • Currants 1/3 cup plus 1 Tbsp 55 g
  • Granulated sugar 1/3 cup 65 g
  • Ground cinnamon 1 tsp


  • Unsalted butter, melted 1/4 cup 55 g
  • Ground cinnamon 1 Tbsp
  • Granulated sugar 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp 140 g

Make the Dough

1. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, cream cheese, and salt. Mix until well combined but not airy. Add the flour and mix until fully incorporated.

2. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and flatten out into an even disk about 8 in [20 cm] in diameter. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. The dough needs to chill completely before it is rolled out.

Make the Filling

1. Toast the walnuts on a sheet tray in a 325°F [165°C] oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until they're a deep golden brown. Let cool, then chop them in a food processor or with a knife until they are the same size as the currants.

2. In a medium bowl, mix the walnuts, currants, sugar, and cinnamon together. Set aside.

Assemble and Bake the Rugelach

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F [180°C].

2. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and unwrap it. Lightly flour a work surface and place the disk of dough on it. Lightly flour the top of the dough and roll the dough into a 14-in [35-cm] circle about 1⁄8 in [4 mm] thick. Keep moving the dough as you're rolling it to make sure it doesn't stick.

3. Brush the surface of the dough with melted butter and spread the filling mixture on it evenly. With a pastry wheel cutter, cut the dough circle into 16 even, triangular wedges. Starting at the outer edge, roll each piece to the center. The resulting cookie will look like a crescent or a little horn.

4. Mix the cinnamon and sugar. Place the rolled rugelach on a parchmentlined baking sheet, brush the tops with melted butter, and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake for 28 to 30 minutes. The rugelach should be golden brown and flaky.

Recipe reprinted with permission from Zingerman's Bakehouse by Amy Emberling and Frank Carollo. Chronicle Books. Photo credit: Antonis Achilleos.


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Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • ktwalla  on  3/15/2018 at 6:43 PM

    Sicilian Sesame Semolina Bread

  • sarahawker  on  3/15/2018 at 6:59 PM

    Detroit Pizza, what else could you possibly start with!

  • jr0717  on  3/15/2018 at 7:00 PM

    The New Deli Crumb Cake, hands down!

  • heyjude  on  3/15/2018 at 7:18 PM

    Sour Cream Coffee Cake

  • stef  on  3/15/2018 at 7:19 PM

    Hungarian walnut cream cake

  • Laura1  on  3/15/2018 at 7:26 PM

    lemon poppy seed coffee cake

  • Liliana  on  3/15/2018 at 7:26 PM

    New deli crumb cake.

  • LeePicard  on  3/15/2018 at 7:35 PM

    Moroccan challah. But that is a hard decision. My son spent almost a year in Morocco so I'd love to make this for him. You had me at the Rugelah picture. These are so similar to my grandmothers and I honestly don't know anyone besides me who shapes them this way! This book looks fantastic. Would love to try baking from it.

  • Frogcake  on  3/15/2018 at 7:36 PM

    Hungarian walnut cream cake AND ginger scones

  • smartie101  on  3/15/2018 at 7:36 PM

    Pecan Pie

  • lauriesk  on  3/15/2018 at 7:56 PM

    I would try the black magic brownies.

  • msmla  on  3/15/2018 at 8:09 PM

    It's a toss-up between the Hummingbird Cake and the Roadhouse Bread --- I love them both! Luckily, I live in Ann Arbor, so the source isn't far away, but if I had the book, I could make them whenever I had a craving. :)

  • icicle  on  3/15/2018 at 8:29 PM

    Hungarian walnut cream cake sounds very appealing.

  • TiaGoats  on  3/15/2018 at 9:08 PM

    I went to the University of Michigan Law School, and Zingerman's was an oasis of deliciousness in Ann Arbor! I would love to have this cookbook, and would love to try making the sólet stew!

  • Alleycat  on  3/15/2018 at 9:13 PM

    Lemon clouds or the ginger cookies.

  • ravensfan  on  3/15/2018 at 9:14 PM

    Pecan pie

  • ljsimmons  on  3/15/2018 at 9:35 PM

    Magic Brownies

  • amferrer  on  3/15/2018 at 9:40 PM

    My best friend was born in Transylvania, so I would want to make the Transylvanian cinnamon swirl bread (Somodi kalács)!

  • Siegal  on  3/15/2018 at 9:46 PM

    Black magic brownies sound awesome

  • DarcyVaughn  on  3/15/2018 at 9:55 PM

    Tunisian orange and olive oil cake

  • amyz218  on  3/15/2018 at 11:10 PM

    Hungarian walnut cream cake!

  • jezpurr  on  3/16/2018 at 12:35 AM

    The Bakehouse Pecan Blondies and sooo many more!!!^_^

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  3/16/2018 at 1:33 AM

    This looks like a definite must-have. So many of the recipes look amazing, but I'd probably make the Focaccia with Gorgonzola and caramelized onion first.

  • janv  on  3/16/2018 at 3:17 AM

    Ginger jump-up cookies

  • hedder14  on  3/16/2018 at 5:35 AM

    I would love this as I really want to learn to make sour dough bread. Would also love to try the Big O cookie

  • kellyyyyp624  on  3/16/2018 at 7:31 AM

    Their sourdough starter, I love trying out new versions.

  • kmn4  on  3/16/2018 at 10:56 AM

    Tunisian orange and olive oil cake

  • SBridges23  on  3/16/2018 at 11:34 AM

    Detroit style pizza of course

  • matag  on  3/16/2018 at 12:40 PM

    Rcornish beef pasty

  • matag  on  3/16/2018 at 12:45 PM

    Cornish beef pasty

  • krosar  on  3/16/2018 at 1:41 PM

    Bakehouse pecan blondies

  • rchesser  on  3/16/2018 at 2:36 PM

    Big O cookies

  • lean1  on  3/16/2018 at 3:08 PM

    Detroit style pizza is my absolute first choice!

  • HomespunHouse  on  3/16/2018 at 3:50 PM


  • lindsayjean  on  3/16/2018 at 4:20 PM

    Detroit-style pizza for sure!

  • hae1123  on  3/16/2018 at 5:35 PM

    Pecan pie all the way!

  • mcrimmins  on  3/16/2018 at 6:10 PM

    Farm Bread, I want to start baking more bread.

  • BridgetL  on  3/16/2018 at 6:23 PM

    Parmesan Pepper Bread

  • boulder42  on  3/16/2018 at 6:57 PM

    Detroit style pizza!

  • Scotsman61  on  3/16/2018 at 7:06 PM

    Walnut and currant rugelach

  • Puguppy  on  3/16/2018 at 8:08 PM

    Lemon clouds

  • LaurenE  on  3/16/2018 at 9:51 PM

    Sour Cream Coffee Cake

  • trudys_person  on  3/16/2018 at 10:20 PM

    Big O Cookies - the name and ingredients fascinate me!

  • Steben  on  3/16/2018 at 11:02 PM

    Chocolate coconut macaroons

  • antpantsii  on  3/17/2018 at 5:39 PM

    French Crullers. Yummy

  • verorenee  on  3/17/2018 at 7:06 PM

    pecan pie

  • BakerMN86  on  3/17/2018 at 9:54 PM

    Sour cream coffe cake — I’ve heard it’s amazing from friends in Ann Arbor.

  • Deedlemama1  on  3/17/2018 at 10:02 PM

    I love ginger and scones are one of my favorite things to bake, so the ginger scones.

  • lcomer  on  3/18/2018 at 7:30 AM

    Detroit Pizza!

  • mpdeb98  on  3/18/2018 at 10:05 AM

    Obama buns

  • Whyvette  on  3/18/2018 at 11:21 AM

    They had me at Sourdough Starter.

  • southerncooker  on  3/18/2018 at 11:58 AM

    So many to choose from. Definitely the sourdough starter. Son wants me to try making sourdough bread. Also the Parmesan Pepper Bread sounds fantastic.

  • contest718  on  3/18/2018 at 12:12 PM

    Pecan pie, Lemon scones, Hot cocoa cake especially looks great!

  • Singleta417  on  3/18/2018 at 10:06 PM

    The Parmesan pepper bread. Sound so good!

  • jluvs2bake  on  3/19/2018 at 1:14 AM

    Jewish rye, one of my all-time favorites <3

  • amandabeck  on  3/19/2018 at 6:59 AM

    French Krullers!

  • sgump  on  3/19/2018 at 9:06 AM

    The Transylvanian cinnamon swirl bread (Somodi kalács) looks as if it would toast beautifully (or make great French toast or bread pudding)!

  • Zosia  on  3/19/2018 at 1:46 PM

    Moroccan challah.

  • lebarron2001  on  3/19/2018 at 2:04 PM

    Buenos Aires brownies

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  3/19/2018 at 5:45 PM

    I want to make the Lemon poppy seed coffee cake. Classic!

  • lpatterson412  on  3/19/2018 at 7:15 PM

    Wow, this would be such a wonderful cookbook to own, it is on my wishlist as baking is one of my favorite hobbies!! I would love to start with their sourdough starter!!

  • lgroom  on  3/20/2018 at 11:24 AM

    Sicilian sesame semolina bread

  • jmay42066  on  3/20/2018 at 6:11 PM

    Magic Brownies

  • sipa  on  3/21/2018 at 12:48 PM


  • EmilyR  on  3/21/2018 at 2:09 PM

    lemon scones

  • milgwimper  on  3/21/2018 at 8:00 PM


  • daniellespinato1  on  3/22/2018 at 1:11 PM

    Parmesan pepper bread

  • Lmocooks  on  3/24/2018 at 9:19 AM

    Ginger scones. Yummmm

  • leilx  on  3/24/2018 at 9:46 AM

    Tunesian orange and olive oil cake because my partner loves oranges; Cornish beef pasties because I love them!

  • JenJoLa  on  3/24/2018 at 3:33 PM

    Buenos Aires brownies

  • choppergirl  on  3/25/2018 at 8:05 AM

    Hunka burnin' love cake

  • RSW  on  3/25/2018 at 7:11 PM

    Sicilian sesame semolina bread

  • Uhmandanicole  on  3/26/2018 at 6:59 AM

    buenos aires brownies

  • ket06e  on  3/26/2018 at 7:26 AM

    Cinnamon swirl bread!

  • davisesq212  on  3/26/2018 at 9:43 PM

    Sour cream coffee cake is my first pick.

  • puddlemere  on  3/28/2018 at 8:40 AM

    Sour cream coffee cake

  • AnnaZed  on  3/28/2018 at 10:35 PM

    Sourdough starter

  • t.t  on  3/29/2018 at 3:49 AM

    Tunisian orange and olive oil cake

  • Janedough90  on  3/29/2018 at 4:59 AM

    Looking forward to the orange and olive oil cake!

  • sbsantafe  on  3/29/2018 at 6:31 AM

    New deli crumb cake, please! Yum!

  • Sfgordon  on  3/29/2018 at 12:49 PM

    I'd try the moroccan challah

  • AnnaZed  on  3/29/2018 at 11:10 PM

    **a note** For some reason Pinterest would let me Pin from the widget or from this page at all, telling me that it was blocked as spam (which is absurd!). So, I pinned the index page here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/33495590963118225/

  • Dannausc  on  3/30/2018 at 6:03 PM

    Jewish rye bread

  • Lmocooks  on  3/31/2018 at 8:49 AM

    Focaccia with Gorgonzola and Caramelized Onions

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  3/31/2018 at 2:39 PM

    wife loves pecan pie so would start with the pecan pie recipe found on page 66

  • ksmith47406  on  4/1/2018 at 1:45 PM

    I would try the Transylvanian cinnamon swirl bread (Somodi kalács).

  • lisatrev  on  4/1/2018 at 10:24 PM

    Bakehouse pecan blondies

  • Jenamarie  on  4/2/2018 at 9:31 AM

    Walnut and currant rugelach

  • ennsee  on  4/2/2018 at 4:10 PM

    I'd make the Magic brownies!

  • sdg8trgrl  on  4/2/2018 at 5:33 PM

    Transylvanian cinnamon swirl bread

  • Karla123  on  4/2/2018 at 6:38 PM

    Because I love to make homemade bread, I'd make the "8 grain 3 seed bread."

  • Teruska  on  4/3/2018 at 5:42 PM

    Since we have a familial love of seeds and grains... 8 grain 3 seed bread

  • kitchenfrolic  on  4/4/2018 at 1:21 AM

    Magic Brownies of course! Who can resist brownies?

  • bakeswithlove2369  on  4/4/2018 at 6:25 AM

    the rugelach....I want to see how it compares to my great aunt pearl's recipe. Its at least 100 yrs old. Handed down to her by a friend of her mothers....I compare all recipes to hers...the ingredients are spot on

  • MirandaAK  on  4/4/2018 at 6:55 AM

    Ive sent the Sour Cream Coffee cake to friends and it is amazing. I'd have to try that recipe first.

  • Debcancook  on  4/4/2018 at 9:59 AM

    Buenos Aires brownies! Brownies and thoughts of Buenos Aires, how irresistible!

  • FireRunner2379  on  4/4/2018 at 3:06 PM

    I want to try the Magic Brownies and the Better than San Francisco sourdough bread!

  • RoseMGenuine  on  4/4/2018 at 5:42 PM

    Sour cream coffee cake. I’m in a simple mood right now

  • sgp  on  4/4/2018 at 6:08 PM

    Ginger scones

  • lovelily1001  on  4/5/2018 at 11:23 AM

    lemon poppyseed cake--- i'm searching for the ideal recipe for this!

  • auntietina  on  4/7/2018 at 4:22 PM

    Lemon Poppy Seed Coffee Cake.

  • juliebakesalot  on  4/7/2018 at 7:00 PM

    I'd make the Hunka Burnin' Love Cake!

  • jenniebakes  on  4/7/2018 at 7:26 PM

    Definitely the Magic Brownies.

  • carylee  on  4/7/2018 at 8:11 PM

    New Deli Crumb Cake - a new variation for my family gatherings

  • rstuart  on  4/7/2018 at 9:30 PM

    Black magic brownies..

  • honken  on  4/7/2018 at 9:40 PM


  • Cornfed23  on  4/7/2018 at 9:59 PM

    Brownies for sure

  • Alibrian  on  4/8/2018 at 5:38 AM

    It would have to be the Better than San Francisco Sourdough Bread! There are a lot of really interesting sounding and looking recipes that I hope to give a try! I doubt you could go wrong with any of them.

  • jc214a  on  4/8/2018 at 7:45 AM

    I would try the Cheddar Ale Soup.

  • JRumi  on  4/8/2018 at 8:07 AM

    Lemon scones

  • RickPearson54  on  4/8/2018 at 9:39 AM

    pecan pie

  • LizyB  on  4/8/2018 at 11:20 AM

    Tunisian orange and olive oil cake

  • marti35  on  4/8/2018 at 12:30 PM

    No question, Detroit-Style Pizza.

  • sequoia55  on  4/8/2018 at 12:31 PM

    Chocolate coconut macaroons

  • bellatavia  on  4/8/2018 at 4:04 PM

    ZOMG Hungarian Walnut Cream Cake!

  • ljkish  on  4/8/2018 at 7:43 PM

    I would make the New deli crumb cake.

  • prairieschooner1  on  4/9/2018 at 12:13 AM


  • ltsuk  on  4/10/2018 at 2:15 AM

    Hungarian lamb veggie soup

  • amylou61  on  4/11/2018 at 8:27 PM

    I'd bake the Black magic brownies. YUM!

  • kedmiston  on  4/12/2018 at 11:58 AM

    The Black Magic Brownies sound interesting!

  • artthecat  on  4/12/2018 at 1:13 PM

    Pecan pie

  • cellenly  on  4/12/2018 at 9:38 PM

    detroit style pizza

  • BMeyer  on  4/15/2018 at 8:04 PM

    black magic brownies

  • NaomiH  on  4/16/2018 at 9:37 AM

    Savory strudel with potato bacon filling (Rétes)

  • nesshawk  on  4/16/2018 at 7:53 PM

    Thought I would pick something sweet first, but it would definitely be the Cornish Beef Pasties!

  • Julia  on  4/17/2018 at 4:28 PM

    Black Magic brownies, lemon scones

  • VeryVigario  on  4/17/2018 at 10:19 PM

    Lemon poppy seed coffee cake- looks delicious!

  • artthecat  on  4/18/2018 at 2:57 PM

    Jewish rye bread!

  • orchidlady01  on  4/21/2018 at 3:06 AM

    Bakehouse pecan blondies

  • MadMom  on  4/21/2018 at 11:41 AM

    I would make the rugelach with a different filling...maybe chocolate? I don't eat nuts!

  • dbcurrie  on  4/21/2018 at 1:53 PM

    Sour cream coffee cake.

  • bdmltm  on  4/21/2018 at 1:57 PM

    Hummingbird cake

  • MiMi60  on  4/21/2018 at 3:12 PM

    Hunka burnin' love cake

  • MaryEllenSeavey  on  4/21/2018 at 3:21 PM

    Black magic brownies

  • Shelley.b  on  4/21/2018 at 3:57 PM

    Walnut and current rugelah

  • catmommy9  on  4/21/2018 at 7:01 PM

    Oh, probably the rugelach recipe posted here. My husband loves rugelach, so he'd enjoy this one.

  • yeven  on  4/21/2018 at 10:25 PM


  • koolMoD  on  4/22/2018 at 12:30 PM

    definitely the Sour Cream Coffee Cake.....I do love coffee cake

  • AlitaThomas  on  4/22/2018 at 10:57 PM

    This rugelach. It looks quick, easy and just how my grandmother’s looked. Brings back happy memories.

  • littleminxgirl  on  4/22/2018 at 11:44 PM

    I'm doing the sour cream coffee cake. Those are some of my favorite cakes and I don't get to make them often

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