Almond Paste

almond paste

About

What Is Almond Paste? Almond paste is made from ground almonds combined with equal parts of sugar. It is quite similar to marzipan but it is less granular and it contains less sugar. Marzipan is more pliable so it can be used form specialty shapes while almond paste is more commonly used as a filling or ingredient in pastries, cookies, cakes, and candies. Almond paste has been particularly popular in Europe, dating back centuries.

Almond Paste History

Almonds originated in what is today the Middle East and interestingly the wild form of almonds were quite toxic. No doubt almond paste has its origins in that region. Some credit the first use of almond paste to ancient China and its use during the Ottoman Empire in Turkey is well-documented.

Later, Europeans adapted the use of almond paste for fillings and confections.

One product of note was the original Praline.  The origins of the Praline can be traced back to to the Marschall von Plessis-Praslin (Praline) where the chef's were well regarded for their skills at making confectionery.  One such specialty was the bonbons de chocolat filled with almond paste.

Almond Paste Today

You can make your own almond paste at home but you can save a lot of time by purchasing a reliable brand of commercially prepared paste.  We tested products from Solo and American Almond products with the latter being our favorite.  The Solo brand had a slight chemical flavor.

About The Manufacturer

American Almond Products Company, Inc produces a variety of nut and fruit products, all made in the United States. Located in Brooklyn, NY since 1924, American Almond Products Company is America’s leading manufacturer of artisan-quality specialty ingredients for professional bakers, pastry chefs and chocolatiers. Their product line includes marzipan, lekvar, poppy seed paste, pistachio paste and almond paste to name a few. The company produces both a retail and food service line. 

Visit: American Almond Products Company, Inc

Fun Fact about Almond Paste

Nutrition Information For Almond Paste

Serving Size
1 cup, firmly packed
 
Calories
1040
Calories from Fat
567
 
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 63g
100%
Saturated Fat 6g
10%
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 20mg
0%
Potassium
713g
20%
Total Carbohydrate 109g
40%
Dietary Fiber 11g
40%
Sugars 82g
Protein 20g
40%
 
Vitamin A  0% Vitamin C  0%
Calcium  0% Iron  0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

How To Store

Almond paste can be stored indefinitely refrigerated. If the paste gets too hard you can heat it gently in the top of a double boil (over simmering water) to soften it again.

Sources and Credits

Culinaria - European Specialties

Bridge Puglia USA - Article about the history of Almond Paste Lambs.

Buy Online

Purchase American Almond Products brand at Amazon.com

author

Barbara Bowman graduated with degree in Foods and Nutrition from San Jose State University. As CEO of GourmetSleuth.com she spends most waking hours writing, cooking, eating, gardening and traveling.