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Anyone know where I can get me some almond paste?

NickMontreal Nov 24, 2009 09:54 AM

Does anyone know where I can find almond paste in Montreal? NOTE: I am not talking about marzipan. Although similar, marzipan has a higher sugar content, whereas almond paste is more spreadable and is somewhat like frangipane or the filling of an almond croissant.

I have been looking everywhere but so far I've had no luck… To make matters more confusing, what the Quebeckers call 'pâte d’amande' is actually marzipan… :-S

I know its relatively easy to make, but for what I’m doing, the ready made stuff is really much more practical.

So – if you have any ideas where I can buy these products I’d really appreciate it. Companies that make this product are Odense, and Love n’ Bake, and it often comes in either a plastic sausage-like tube or sometimes even in cans.

Merci! Bonne journée!

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    Glaff Nov 24, 2009 10:58 AM

    Chocolats Privilège at Marché Jean-Talon. They have a 64% almond paste and an other one I think... I don't remember.

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      Glaff Nov 26, 2009 07:41 AM

      For an other local alternative (I really don't see the need to go to Ottawa or in the States for that) : http://www.farinex.ca/. They're open for everyone on weekdays and they have 4 different kind of almond paste... but maybe in too big quantity :

      Almond Paste 66% 10kg
      Lemke Almond Paste 27% 12.5kg
      Lemke Almond Paste 36% 12.5kg
      Lemke Almond Paste 52 % 12.5 kg

      You could also try Gourmet Laurier in Outremont, they usually carry this kind of product.

    2. souschef Nov 24, 2009 12:51 PM

      Odense is usually carried by the supermarkets, but if I'm not mistaken, it's marked "marzipan".

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        stak Nov 24, 2009 02:14 PM

        Yes, I have something made by Odense that's called marzipan and I got it at Provigo

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          NickMontreal Nov 25, 2009 06:54 AM

          I've seen that stuff - it's definitely marzipan. But thanks anyway!

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            souschef Nov 25, 2009 11:51 AM

            It just occurred to me that Le Maitre Chocolatier make their own almond paste for their chocolates, so may want to see if they will sell you some.

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        english muffin Nov 26, 2009 05:27 AM

        I too have been looking for this ever since I saw this recipe: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/archives.... There's a link towards US Amazon at the end of the article for the love n bake brand, but they don't deliver to Canada. I will be in the States in a couple of weeks and will try and bring back a small amount, I could manage an extra pot if you are interested...

        1. souschef Nov 26, 2009 07:14 AM

          Artistic Cake Design in Ottawa makes it in-house, for $6.99 per lb. I did ask if it was almond paste not marzipan, and they indicated that it was almond paste.

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            NickMontreal Nov 26, 2009 09:44 AM

            Alright call off the search everyone! I found some at la Veille Europe today. Haven't bought it yet as I want to check out Le Maitre Chocolatier first to see what theirs is like. (Sous chef, I have you to thank for that suggestion)

            And thanks to English Muffin for actually offering to get me some! Wow! (I love David Lebovitz too by the way, Muffin. You should check out his new book "'The Sweet Life in Paris")

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              english muffin Nov 26, 2009 07:24 PM

              How funny, I looked in La Vielle Europe last week and couldn't find it... was it with the custards and canned devon 'cream'?
              I have D.L's new book in my Amazon cart and am hoping to treat myself for Christmas.

              1. re: english muffin
                NickMontreal Nov 27, 2009 04:48 AM

                Nope - you have to ask them - it comes in a vacuum pack, and he went somewhere near the cashier to go get it. Something like 65% almonds which is pretty high... But yummy I'm sure.

                And apparently they're getting some Odense almond paste in next week as well...

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                souschef Dec 8, 2009 06:53 PM

                So did you get some almond paste at LMC ?

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                  NickMontreal Dec 10, 2009 07:25 AM

                  Actually in the end I just went for the stuff at La Vielle Europe. LMC is kind of out of the way for me... I am interested in going though - what kind of stuff is it good for? Does it only sell chocolates?

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                    souschef Dec 10, 2009 11:49 AM

                    It also sells macarons.. You can also have high tea there. As part of their high tea they serve a bunch of mignardises, which are all very nice, but one of them is truly exceptional - an orange cake.

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