KL Keller is thrilled to introduce three NEW products for 2018, all exceptionally delicious—and all KL Keller exclusives. (Also, be sure to check out our sweet, smoky, spicy recipe below).
NEW Las Hermanas Pimentón de La Vera DOP—Dulce (Sweet) & Picante (Hot)
Freshness is key to the flavor profile of this vibrant crimson "paprika" from Extremadura, Spain, as the peppers—all grown by local farmers in La Vera—are smoked immediately upon picking. It can be Dulce (Sweet) or Picante (Hot), but it is always smoky—dried traditionally over indirect-heat oak fires for 10 to 15 days, and finished over a slightly warmer fire for three more days. This process takes the ripe peppers to a low percentage of moisture, preserving flavor and color and imbuing them with the classic DOP smokiness.
Sweet or Hot
With an easy pinch or two, Las Hermanas Pimentón de La Vera (Sweet) adds nuance to a dish (it's like adding an extra vegetable!), while Las Hermanas Pimentón de La Vera (Hot) brings in a second dimension with its lingering, food-friendly heat: no violence, just heat and great punctuation with the background warmth of flavor.
Hijos de Salvador López—and its Las Hermanas brand—is a women-run company, founded by Salvador López in 1940, continued by his three sons, and now by two granddaughters (and succession is already set for the great-granddaughters!). After 16 years in the company, now-General Manager Alicia López Sánchez (pictured) has started to expand the perception of Pimentón de La Vera as a local ingredient commonly associated only with paella to that of a world-class food-friendly spice.
Our own French Salted Caramel Crumbs are All-Caramel-Things-Good-and-Great—buttery, buttery, buttery, small, non-sticky, super-versatile, use-in-everything caramel pieces. These rich, crunchy little goodies (made with great ingredients) can be used in everything—cooking, baking, sprinkling, swirling, dipping and drinking—anytime you crave a hit of French caramelly goodness. And, unlike that block of brown sugar you've got in your pantry, they never stick together.
In the picturesque region of southeast France, lavender is found everywhere, running cinematically for miles in gently rolling fields crowned with stunning, resplendent blue blossoms over which bees hover lazily, getting their fill. In July, lavender scent wafts throughout the entire region, putting one in a restful, optimistic state of mind (lavender is famously stress-relieving).
A Rare Product
Yet surprisingly, pure lavender honey is hard to find—expensive to produce because it requires a lot of bee work (lavender flowers are small and don’t yield much nectar). So beekeepers instead encourage multfloral grazing.
Knowing this, when our longtime Provençal pâtes de fruits producer (family-run confectioner F. Doucet Confiserie) started making these pure lavender honey squares, we jumped on it. These soft, tender honey squares are made exclusively with rare, iconic French lavender honey. The taste transports you the fields surrounding Aix-en-Provence in July.
NEW Recipe: Spanish Sweet & Smoky Chicken