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Dec 16, 2009 05:52 AM

Where to buy Almond Paste?

I'm going to make pignoli nut cookies this weekend but don't know where to buy almond paste. I vaguely remember seeing it at Massis in Watertown- can anyone confirm if they have it? I'd rather stay IN Boston... how about the North End?

Thank you!!

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  1. I've gotten it many times at the Fresh Pond Whole Foods, but even places like Star and Stop & Shop often carry it . . . duno about Massis, but you could call them, Sevan too.


    1. You might try calling Trader Joes - they carry it at this time of year in their west coast stores, and it's excellent and cheap. I've never seen it since moving east (they have different distribution systems out here, unfortunately we're missing a lot of the good stuff), and maybe it was even discontinued out west- so it's probably worth calling before you head out. But could be worth a shot.

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      1. re: another_adam

        Last time I asked at Trader Joe's, they didn't carry it.

        1. re: another_adam

          Trader Joe's sells ground almonds though. So you could make your own.

        2. Polcari's has it, right in the North End. It is sold by weight in odd-sized plastic-wrapped chunks.

          1. Its super easy to make and a lot cheaper too. Here's a recipe!
            1-1/2 cups blanched almonds
            1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
            1 egg white
            1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
            1/4 teaspoon salt
            Place almonds in a food processor; cover and process until smooth. Add the confectioners' sugar, egg white, extract and salt; cover and process until smooth.
            Divide almond paste into 1/2-cup portions; place in airtight containers. Refrigerate for up to 1 month or freeze for up to 3 months. Yield: 1-1/2 cups.
            Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 tablespoon) equals 84 calories, 5 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 29 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

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            1. re: somerville01

              do you think almond flour would work? It seems it would be a lot finer texture than you could get at home.
              I'm thinking Bob's Red Mill Almond flour that I've used for macarons.

              1. re: gracenote

                Note, this thread is four years old, so will likely not get much response.

            2. Thanks guys! I actually just ran to Whole Foods in Beacon Hill and they had it, surprisingly (?!). Chowhounders make like so much easier, again. YAY.

              Pinch of Salt, thought about Polcari's. Will go there next time, probably cheaper.

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              1. re: SaraASR

                For the future, they have it in tubs at Arax. I bet theirs is great.

                1. re: yumyum

                  Thank you! Another reason to go to Watertown and fill my belly with Mt. Auburn deliciousness.