Happy Birthday Dorie!

Happy Birthday macarons for Dorie Greenspan on eatlivetravelwrite.comIt’s Dorie Greenspan‘s birthday today and the folks from French Fridays with Dorie and Tuesdays with Dorie are celebrating by baking and cooking up a storm in Dorie’s honour.

I couldn’t think of a better French treat to bake for Dorie than macarons – chocolate and, as a nod to the season, pumpkin spice.  But my birthday present to Dorie is not just a pretty picture but also an invitation, so the next time we find ourselves in the same city (Paris? New York? Toronto?) I’d love to show you my method, Dorie!

Actually I am pretty sure Dorie could teach me way more than I could teach her – I mean, this is the woman who is the co-author of many cookbooks including not one but TWO with Pierre Hermé – but it would be fun to bake and chat macarons with one of my great kitchen inspirations wouldn’t it? And, bien sûr, there would be a coupe de champagne, because what’s a birthday without champagne?

Dorie, I hope you have a lovely day and that there’s champagne and cake involved!

Articles you might enjoy about macarons

Dorie Greenspan on French macarons in the LA Times
French macaroons – a tale of three cities by Dorie Greenspan
Interview with Dorie Greenspan “French macaron specialist” on Serious Eats

Making macarons at home – some resources

French macarons: make them at home by Dorie Greenspan
M is for Macaron – the ICE method on eat. live. travel. write.
Italian meringue macarons on eat. live. travel. write.
Combating hollow macaron shells on eat. live. travel. write.
Macarons – some video tutorials on eat. live. travel. write.
Macaron mythbusters on Brave Tart
French macaron recipe on Brave Tart


24 Responses to Happy Birthday Dorie!

  1. Cakelaw October 24, 2013 at 07:58 #

    Lovely macarons! The pumpkin spice ones sound intriguing.

  2. Dorie October 24, 2013 at 08:14 #

    Merci, chere Mardi. Do you know how happy it would make me to have you teach me how you make macarons? VERY happy. Hoping there will be a time – xoDorie

    • Mardi Michels November 10, 2013 at 16:48 #

      Well I am pretty sure I’d learn a whole bunch of stuff from you actually 🙂 You are SO welcome!

  3. Cher October 24, 2013 at 08:47 #

    If you ever need a student, I’ll volunteer 🙂 (I am macaron helpless so far…)

    Beautiful choice!

  4. Tricia October 24, 2013 at 09:36 #

    I volunteer to be the taste tester 🙂 Seriously, these look amazing and that is the most lovely idea- cooking together. Perfect !!! I look forward to you and Dorie coordinating schedules and sharing both macarons and champagne !!

  5. Mary Hirsch October 24, 2013 at 10:06 #

    Mardi, I think Dorie wants your people to contact her people and make a Macaron Date. Like Cher, I am “on”. Those macarons look beyond amazing. (Your photo is spectacular.) I know this is shameful, but I’ve only tasted macarons (plenty of them) but have never made them. So, whenever your kitchen is available for baking with some Doristas, we’ll be there. What a lovely Post, invitation and tribute to Dorie.

    • Mardi Michels November 10, 2013 at 16:47 #

      I can’t think of anything better than a macaron date with Dorie and the Doristas!

  6. Candy October 24, 2013 at 11:50 #

    Such a wonderful idea! Your photo is fabulous, and has me drooling! They look like a wonderful birthday treat!

  7. yummychunklet October 24, 2013 at 12:24 #

    Those macarons are celebration-worthy!

  8. Cathleen October 24, 2013 at 13:34 #

    Absolutely beautiful! What a fabulous photo too!

  9. Coco in the Kitchen October 24, 2013 at 14:16 #

    Mardi, your macarons are perfect.
    What a beautiful birthday gift. Happy bday, Dorie!

  10. KarenP October 24, 2013 at 16:05 #

    I have yet to tackle macarons. Yours look perfect and delicious!

  11. claudine October 24, 2013 at 16:44 #

    Happy Birthday Dorie, what a lovely tribute. Wish my macarons looked like this, they never seem to work!

  12. Kathy October 24, 2013 at 18:12 #

    Mardi, Gorgeous macarons and beautiful photo! They have been on my radar for a long time…maybe this year I will finally get around to trying my hand at them! Yours look absolutely perfect!

  13. Marlise October 24, 2013 at 19:29 #

    Very impressive!

  14. Adriana October 24, 2013 at 22:15 #

    Mmmh, maybe that could be one of the activities in our East Coast DorieCon? I love the link roundup.

    • Mardi Michels November 10, 2013 at 16:47 #

      Oh YES! That would be fabulous! I’m up for that!

  15. EmilyC October 25, 2013 at 10:53 #

    Absolutely one of THE best items for a birthday celebration!

  16. Diane Balch October 25, 2013 at 20:31 #

    Absolutely stunning.

  17. SandraM October 26, 2013 at 19:52 #

    Wow! Great looking macarons! What a wonderful recipe to make for Dorie’s BD. I have got to try making macarons one day. (it has always intimidated me)

  18. betsy October 26, 2013 at 21:33 #

    You are inspiring me to try to make macarons. What a perfect birthday tribute to Dorie.

  19. jora October 29, 2013 at 13:24 #

    Your macaroons are absolutely perfect looking. I’ve always wanted to make them, but the recipes are so intimidating.

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