Amlou is a weird and exciting new foodie product which is delicious. I wasn’t sure but like a wonderful truffle this is a quality and unusual item. Made of almonds and ground into a paste with Argan oil made by Argan nuts, it is usually a key ingredient in Moroccan pastry. It used to be such a luxury it was given to newlyweds as a present. It was ever thought of as an aphrodisiac!
You can buy the gorgeous Amlou paste from
It is essentially a nut butter but like houmous it is delightful on toasted and fresh bread. Unlike houmous though you don’t need a huge amount for a wonderful taste. These two little jars didn’t last long. It can also be used in buttery things likes pastry but also cakes and is a wonderful addition to cookies instead of adding nuts add a teaspoon to the mix. My favourite thing to use it for is salad dressings.
I didn’t think it would go well but the almond taste adds a nuttiness which compliments salads especially peppery ones with rocket and mint.
I mixed 2 tablespoons of Amlou paste with 1 clove of garlic chopped finely. I stirred in 4 tablespoons of olive oil and splash of lemon juice. I added a little chopped coriander and mixed well. I served with a salad of baby leaves, rocket, tomatoes, cucumber and mint. Although you can’t see the dressing I can assure you it tasted wonderful. I served with with chicken and wholemeal pitta bread. The bread was lovely to dip in and soak up the extra sauce.
This dressing also works very well as a dip for bread at a picnic.
If you like almonds you must try Amlou!
The cost I believe it good value – 226g: £14.99 and 113g: £7.99