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Almond Paste?

Postby barney » Tue Dec 07, 2010 4:38 pm

Anyone know where I can buy some almond paste locally?
(No, it's not the same as marzipan.....)
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Re: Almond Paste?

Postby msnflyer » Tue Dec 07, 2010 5:35 pm

Woodman's, baking aisle near the pie fillings
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Re: Almond Paste?

Postby holyghost » Tue Dec 07, 2010 8:03 pm

I just saw some today at Copps, Whitney Way. Whatcha making?
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Re: Almond Paste?

Postby fennel » Tue Dec 07, 2010 8:55 pm

Almond paste is one of those vague ingredients. One would think it means finely ground almonds, but if you read the ingredients, you'll find they're often about as exacting as those for "cheese food."

What is should mean is finely ground almonds – nothing more – but it usually implies some kind of added sugar. So unless you're buying it from a respected supplier, you might do best to get some straight (roasted) almond butter from a reputable supplier, then sweeten and salt it as you see fit.

Be sure the only ingredient is roasted almonds. Avoid added oils, emulsifiers, etc.
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Re: Almond Paste?

Postby persia » Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:59 am

Marzipan is a confection consisting primarily of sugar and almond meal. Some marzipan is flavored with rosewater. Almond paste is made from ground almonds or almond meal and sugar, typically 50-55%, with a small amount of cooking oil, beaten eggs, heavy cream or corn syrup.
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Re: Almond Paste?

Postby morriskatze » Mon Dec 13, 2010 8:09 am

I'm pretty sure Willy St. Co-op carries both almond paste and marzipan in their baking aisle, too.
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Re: Almond Paste?

Postby kittenwithawhip » Tue Dec 14, 2010 1:20 pm

fennel wrote:Almond paste is one of those vague ingredients. One would think it means finely ground almonds, but if you read the ingredients, you'll find they're often about as exacting as those for "cheese food."

What is should mean is finely ground almonds – nothing more – but it usually implies some kind of added sugar. So unless you're buying it from a respected supplier, you might do best to get some straight (roasted) almond butter from a reputable supplier, then sweeten and salt it as you see fit.

Be sure the only ingredient is roasted almonds. Avoid added oils, emulsifiers, etc.


You are thinking of almond butter, not almond paste. I purchased several tubes of almond paste last weekend, fyi, Willy St was cheaper than Woodman's on the Odense brand.

If you are feeling ambitious, you can make your own:
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/ ... aste-15551
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Re: Almond Paste?

Postby Marvell » Tue Dec 14, 2010 3:22 pm

Just saw it on the shelf at the Regent Street Fraboni's.
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Re: Almond Paste?

Postby jjoyce » Tue Dec 14, 2010 3:38 pm

I brush with it twice a day. Yum!
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