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Almond paste...or where to get the best almond croissant (in MTL)

Hello!

My mom came back from TO and brought back some almond croissants for my grandma. She loves them so much and got so mad at my grandpa for eating the last one (go figures). Anyways, now I've been enlisted with the job to either

1) Get the best almond croissant possible (in Montreal)
or if all else fails
2) Make it myself (because I can?)

My only issue is with the baking part is where to get almond paste, because I haven't found it in the large supermarkets before.

Thanks in advance :)

(PS: I've searched the boards in advance and noted that Patisserie Nancy was a contender for a good almond croissant - anyone else want to add to that?)

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  1. Olivier Potier makes a mean almond croissant.

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    1. re: hala

      I finally went there because I was curious about it (even prior to this post) - tried the almond croissant and...though good, I know it won't meet my grandma's expectations because she likes the whole "in your face" almond taste. I didn't taste much almond in it...but it was still a good croissant. The chocolatines and the other pastries looked good - need to go there again for a study day

      1. re: caramielle

        The strong almond taste usually comes from almond extract, which I don't like. So, for me, their croissant have a superior taste.

      2. re: hala

        I don't think Olivier Potier makes his baked goods. He makes the pastries and the breads and baked goods are brought in from outside suppliers.

      3. I don't know if it's the best but I like the ones at Figaro on Hutchison and the ones at Olive et Gourmando.

        1. I would try De Froment et de Sève or maybe Mamie Clafoutis. I don't know about Mamie Clafoutis' amandine, but the regular croissant is pretty outstanding.

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          1. re: SnackHappy

            Guillaume on Fairmount is a worthy choice

          2. My favorite almond croissant is from Kouign Amann. I don't like their other viennoiseries however.

            1. BTW, almond croissants are not made with almond paste (marzipan), but with almond cream which is very similar to frangipane and contains raw egg. I don't think you'll be able to buy the stuff. Also almond croissants are usually made from croissants leftover from the day before, so you wouldn't need to bake anything. You just need some croissants, syrup, almond cream and sliced almonds.