almond paste [ah-muhnd, am-uhnd; spelling pronunciation al-muhnd peyst] noun
A cooked mixture of blanched ground almonds and sugar that forms a semi-firm paste. Commercial brands vary in texture and quality.
Many supermarkets carry a version of almond paste that comes in a cardboard box, which holds a foil-covered tube. We find this type to be very dry and crumbly. American Almond makes a high-quality canned product and it can be ordered from King Arthur Flour. When almond paste is combined with confectioners’ sugar and corn syrup or glucose, it becomes marzipan.