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