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  • Joined: 6/14/2004
  • Location: yorktown, NY
Almond Paste Mon, 06/14/04 8:39 PM (permalink)
i'm a self trained baker of sorts, eventually will own a pastry shop.

figured i'd see who else just loves almond paste. i made a pithivier the other day and it was so delicous and almondy. i even used storebought puff pastry to save time and money and it came out great.

I also love to add almond paste in brownies so yummy.

it also makes for great pastry fillings. oh and the all famous pasta chot?? spelling and of course pignoli cookies.

who else loves almond paste

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    • Joined: 2/16/2004
    • Location: Auburn, AL
    RE: Almond Paste Mon, 06/14/04 9:12 PM (permalink)
    Almond paste!

    There used to be a restaurant in Toronto, Splendido's, that had a marvelous chocolate cake with dark chocolate ganache covering. Between the cake and the ganache, they would put a layer of almond paste. So rich. So good! I'd kill for a piece right now.
      BBQ Barney

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      • Joined: 6/20/2002
      • Location: Des Moines, Iowa,
      RE: Almond Paste Mon, 06/14/04 9:33 PM (permalink)
      "dutch letters" in the Pella Iowa bakeries are stuffed with almond paste --great eating, but a dutch mother in law that makes
      homemade overstuffed dutch letters is even better!
        Lucky Bishop

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        • Joined: 6/9/2003
        • Location: Allston, MA
        RE: Almond Paste Tue, 06/15/04 12:28 AM (permalink)
        Clear Flour Bakery, near my home in an otherwise entirely residental section of Brookline, does these things called bostocks that are absolutely addictive: a thick slice of brioche, toasted, covered with almond paste and sliced almonds, and then run under a broiler just until set. Magnifique.

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          • Location: Mission Viejo, CA
          RE: Almond Paste Wed, 06/16/04 6:13 PM (permalink)

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            • Location: San Francisco, CA
            RE: Almond Paste Thu, 06/17/04 6:26 PM (permalink)
            Now, that leads to the big question: What's the difference between marzipan and almond paste?

            See's Candies of California makes wonderful dark chocolate covered marzipan. Chicagoans, did you ever try Martha's (3400 block of Broadway) marzipan? If I ordered 1# in advance, they'd dip it in milk chocolate. Ah!

            AP or MZ, I don't care, if it's in it I will eat it!

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              • Joined: 2/28/2003
              • Location: McLean, VA
              RE: Almond Paste Thu, 06/17/04 9:42 PM (permalink)
              Best almond paste recipie that I ever had:
              Had a friend in college and at a party he brought leftovers from the bakery at which he worked. They were an un-covered (no icing) petit four with two thin layers of sponge sandwiched with either raspberry jam or apricot jam and covered with a thin sheet of rolled almond paste.
              Have made them at home with a parchment sheet and a classic butter sponge recipe with homemade jam and bought almond paste -- still good after all these (almost 20) years. The work is worth it. Have made them for weddings and holiday celebrations for good friends (in fact this may be why they are still such good friends, lol).
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