Baking from Our Immigrant Ancestors with Nick Malgieri

$165 per person

What You'll Learn

By the end of the class, you will:

  • Prepare, shape and bake both sweet and yeast risen dough and the fillings/toppings used with them
  • Prepare, pipe, rest, and bake delicate meringue petits fours
  • Prepare different types of cake batters (creamed batter and liquid batter) for simple loaf cakes

About This Class

American baking has absorbed influences from the myriad nationalities that make up the population of the United States.  Today we’ll celebrate the contributions of many ethnicities to our repertoire of baked treats. Esteemed author and cooking instructor, Nick Malgieri, will take you to Central America, Europe, and the Middle East and you work with him to create sweet treats that will inspire your own baking and teach you a variety of new tips and tricks along the way.


Torta della Nonna – Lemon Cream Tart (Italy), Conchas – Sweet Egg Buns (Mexico), Lekach – Honey Cake (Isreal), Schoggi S – Chocolate Meringue Cookies (Switzerland), Currant Cake (Ireland), and Murbteigstrudel – Sweet Dough Apple Strudel (Austria)


  • Wine included
  • Light meal served in class
  • Work in teams
  • Suitable for vegetarians
  • Ages 18+


What is the format of a typical cooking class?

The average duration of our current cooking classes is 2 hours, which is predominately hands-on work. You will be standing for the majority of class, cooking at your work station as your instructor demonstrates techniques and walks around providing individual feedback.

When should I arrive for my class?

Due to COVID-19 regulations, we can not have students congregate in the building before class starts. Doors will open 5 minutes prior to class starting and we will begin promptly on time. Students will be asked to queue up outside the door of the school, safely distanced (sidewalks are clearly marked) and will be let in the school just before class begins.

What do I need to bring with me to class?

Please arrive at the school with your own mask on. You will be given a new, disposable mask to wear in class to ensure what you have on hasn’t been contaminated prior to entering SFCS. We will have extras available should you need one while at school.

Wear comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes (remember, you’ll be on your feet cooking). The kitchens at SFCS are fully equipped with everything else you need, including clean aprons.


Do I need to eat before class?

Due to COVID-19 regulations, we will not be serving food or drinks during class, We will, however, be sending you home with both ingredients and finished food items so you can enjoy them later, and practice as well.

What should I wear to class?

Wear casual clothing you can easily move around in, and comfortable close-toed shoes. Long hair must be pulled back and masks, provided by SFCS, are required while in the building.

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Cancellation Policy

Any cancellation up to two weeks prior to your class start date will be refunded 100%. Cancellations up to 5 days before your class start date will qualify for an online credit to be applied to another class. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations received less than 5 days before your class start date, however, you may always send a friend in your place if you’re unable to attend.
Please note: Cancellation requests made the day of class are not eligible for a refund or credit, no exceptions. 
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