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Feb 19, 2009 09:10 PM

Where to get Hazelnut paste- Pasadena area


I'm looking to get some hazelnut paste and can't seem to find it. I'm wanting to make a cake with hazelnut buttercream which calls for this paste. I suppose I can make it but buying it would make it so much easier.

Can anyone point me in the right direction? I'm in Pasadena and can't travel very far so any where in the SGV area will be great. Thanks!

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  1. I don't know if hazelnut "paste" is the same as hazelnut butter, if yes you can find it at Whole Foods.
    Now if it is a praliné-style one (sugar and roasted hazelnut) I find it at Surfas, and occasionally at Sur La Table, in cans. Alternatively there's the spread they have at le Pain Quotidien, but I'm not sure you can bake with it.

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    1. re: bad nono

      i'm looking for something like almond paste but not butter. the kind you put into buttercreams. more like a marzipan and less like peanut butter...

      1. re: trolley

        I've never seen it then. Please report if you find it at Nicole's or elsewhere, I'm curious. Maybe you can give Claro's a call?

    2. call nicole's to see if they have it. i think they do from time to time 626 4035751

      Nicole's Gourmet Foods
      921 Meridian Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

      1. Claro's only has almond paste.

        Only place I know that carries it is online here. They also have hazelnut flour as well.

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        1. re: A5 KOBE

          thanks for the link. i'll check it out. i was going to make it if i couldn't find it. i might just have to suck it up and make a road trip to surfas...

        2. Check with Cost Plus World Market.

          Cost Plus World Market
          10860 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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          1. re: Fru

            thanks fru. i posted this 2 years ago but i suppose better late than never.

            1. re: trolley

              Out of curiosity, were you able to find hazelnut paste somewhere near Pasadena?

              1. re: Peripatetic

                no i gave up and made hazelnut praline. i then crushed up the candy into ganache and made that the filling. i kept the buttercream plain to overwhelm the flavor. it came out perfect!

                1. re: trolley

                  Sounds great! Too bad, though, that there's nothing like Surfas closer to the SGV.

              2. re: trolley

                Oops! I'm usually more on the ball. I saw this as a relevant topic and never looked at the date.