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If you wanted to find hazelnut paste, where would you look? [PHX]

I've tried 2 AJ's stores (central Phx, Arcadia), the PV Whole Foods, LGO, ABC Cake decorating supply place, and Strictly from Scratch.

Bupkis.

Do y'all have any ideas about where to try next?

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  1. Isn't it common in Turkish cuisine? Maybe Middle Eastern Bakery, Baiz Market, or that store next to Dooby's in Mesa?

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    1. re: yamalam

      Good call. I'll check at Baiz and MEB. Thanks!

    2. It's easy enough to make it yourself, if you can't find it -- just grind the shelled/hulled hazelnuts in the FP till smooth.

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      1. re: mdepsmom

        What I was asking about is a sweetened product (I think), as opposed to plain hazelnut butter. At any rate, I finally managed to track down some "filbert paste" at the Pasta Shop here in Berkeley (from the package, "Ingredients: hazelnuts, sugar, sunflower oil"). But after paying nearly $20 (Ai ai ai!) for a pound of the stuff, I'm now motivated to learn how to make my own for any future needs.

        I'll be sure to peek in Baiz and MEB after I get back to town, just to see if they offer it at a better price.

        1. re: hohokam

          Sur La Table used to carry this (along with Pistachio and Poppy Seed Pastes). I'm not sure if they carry ti anymore though?

          1. re: ziggylu

            While on another errand yesterday, I peeked in the Berkeley Sur la Table. They had hazelnut praline, which might be close enough. Maybe I'll give it a try after I use up the stuff I bought.

        2. re: mdepsmom

          Bah! It turns out that the recipe calls for "unsweetened hazelnut paste". Maybe hazelnut butter would have worked after all.

          Jeez. Now I feel like an even bigger dope.

          1. re: hohokam

            Here you go hohokum....

            unsweetened hazelnut butter
            Gourmet | February 1998

            1 1/2 cups hazelnuts (about 7 ounces)
            3 tablespoons vegetable oil

            Makes about 1 cup.

            Toast and skin hazelnuts, but do not cool. In a food processor grind hazelnuts into a fine paste. Add oil and pulse until combined well. Hazelnut butter may be made 1 week ahead and chilled, covered.

            There are a ton of recipes for the sweet kind also, basically just hazelnuts, egg whites and sugar.

            1. re: aztami

              Does anyone have a good recipe for homemade Marzipan (Sweetened Almond Paste)?

        3. My first guess would be an Italian grocery store. Sounds like a good excuse to go have lunch at Andreoli! Head up 92nd Street to Shea for Sweet Republic ice cream afterwards if you still have room.

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          Andreoli Italian Grocer
          8880 E Via Linda, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

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          1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

            Called them too. No dice (well, according to the person answering the phone).

            FWIW, this is the second time I've called them looking for an Italian specialty item only to be told that they do not carry it.

            Strange as it may sound, the consecutive strike-outs actually make want to go out there more. I want to see what they DO have that I can't get closer to home.

          2. Trader Joes would be my first try.

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            1. re: Tinka82

              They do have a pretty good selection of nut butters there, but I don't know that I've ever seen hazelnut.

              I have to get some actual hazelnuts too. If I go to TJ's for those, I'll take a look around for paste and/or butter.

              1. re: hohokam

                Get a bag of TJ's Thai Lime and Chili Cashews and try to eat them slowly.