Zoë Bakes on Magnolia Network

Zoë François standing in her Minneapolis kitchen.
Photos by Wing Ta of Canary Grey

I was working on another show concept when I heard that Chip and Joanna Gaines were starting Magnolia Network. I called the producer I had been working with and said something to the effect of “THAT’S MY DREAM NETWORK!”

Yes, I said it in all caps.

I have always admired the passion and intensity that Joanna and Chip have for the work they do, but still impart so much joy into their projects. That resonates with me.

Baking is a craft I LOVE and want to share that with the world. I couldn’t think of a better platform to do that on than Magnolia Network and I am sooooo grateful they felt the same way when they saw my audition “sizzle” and invited me to join their community of creators.

Zoë François measuring ingredients in her Minneapolis kitchen

Zoë Bakes is more than a show about baking, although there is lots of that too. It is an ode to my entire food community in Minneapolis. I am excited to share this town with people, who may not know its long tradition of baking.

Minneapolis sits on the Mississippi River and was developed as a wheat milling town. Those old mills (now museums and restaurants) still stand on the banks of the river as a reminder of our roots. My house is in a neighborhood built by the wheat barons. The history is everywhere. The current community of farmers, millers, and bakers has rich stories to tell and I am so honored to share them on Zoë Bakes.

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You can order ZoëBakes Aprons and SIGNED COPIES of Zoë’s books here!

How to Watch Zoë Bakes

Watch Zoë Bakes on Magnolia Network’s Cable Channel (formerly DIY Network) or stream (seasons 1, 2 & 3) on Discovery+, HBO Max, or the Magnolia Network | Time Well Spent app.

FAQs about Zoë Bakes on Magnolia Network

What brand/model oven does Zoë have? Zoë’s new oven in season 3 is a Blue Star Double Electric Wall Oven with French Doors.

Where can I buy Zoë’s apron? Zoë sells her aprons in her Zoë Bakes Shop! You can also find signed copies of her cookbooks in her shop as well.

What kitchen tools/equipment does Zoë recommend? Zoë has an Amazon shop where you can peruse all the tools and equipment she uses in her kitchen.

Does Zoë offer classes or events? At this time you can find more Zoë on Craftsy.com where she has classes for Show-Stopping Cheesecakes and Artisan Bread in Minutes. You can also purchase a recording of her Honey Cake Class, with all proceeds benefiting World Central Kitchen.

Where can I buy Zoë’s wood board? Zoë’s pastry board is from JK Adams.

Can Zoë give me recommendations for when I visit Minnesota? Zoë recommends the following bakeries while you visit the Twin Cities: Black Walnut Bakery, Patisserie 46, Bellecour Bakery, Rose Street Patisserie, Marc Heu Patisserie Paris, and Rustica. For more bakery recommendations, be sure to check out this Substack post.

Magnolia Network Workshops

Zoë François sprinkling salt on warm chocolate chip cookies

You can find my workshops on the “Magnolia | Time Well Spent” app! To find my courses, open the app, find “Create,” then click “Workshops” and you’ll see me there!

The Fundamentals of Baking: Cookies

In this workshop there are nine chapters to guide you through some of my favorite recipes and help you create YOUR perfect cookie! This course is basically my Chocolate Chip Cookie 101 blog post on steroids where I bring you step by step through my process of changing a cookie to the texture and flavor profile you love.
Zoë’s Homemade Vanilla Recipe

Baking to Share: Quick Breads and Muffins

In my second workshop you’ll learn to bake classic quick bread and muffin recipes. I share my favorite recipes including blueberry muffins and pumpkin bread as well as tips for gifting your delicious homemade treats to friends.