Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria

Recipes from an Islandmix. Aitor Neketán. Gran Canaria.

This is how 'Cálido' is made, a rich dessert by Aitor Neketán

a) Ingredients and Cooking method for Gel Rum Maracuyá

35g maracuyá juice
25g brown sugar
2g lime peel
365g icing topping
70g white Arehucas rum

Heat up the juice, sugar and lime peel. Mix with the icing and the rum. Store cold.

b) Ingredients and Cooking method for Banana and Maracuyá conserve

65g maracuyá pulp
40g brown sugar 
40g liquid butter
630g banana
5g powdered jelly


Peel and cut up the bananas.

Mix the rest of the ingredients together, except the jelly, to make a marinade for 40 minutes.

Put it all into a bowl and oven cook at 200 degrees for 15 minutes. Add the previously hydrated jelly.
Store in the fridge.


c) Ingredients and Cooking method for Almond Streuzel

140g butter 
140g flour 
140g powdered almond  
140g unrefined sugar
4g lime peel

Mix all the ingredients together into some small balls.
Oven cook at 150 degrees until golden brown.

d) Ingredients and Cooking method for Orelys cream

Orelys is a chocolate
700g Custard
5g powdered jelly
400g Orelys chocolate

Make some custard, strain it, and add the previously hydrated jelly. Emulsify with Orelys chocolate.
Allow to set in the fridge.

Making and preparation of the dessert

Place some banana maracuyá compote in the middle of a dish, and spread. 
Beat the fudgy ganache and make 3 balls with a piping nozzle. 
Make a few holes with a hot spoon, and fill them with the maracuyá rum jelly. 
With the nozzle make the cream in the shape of drops. 
Finish by placing some eztreuzel balls and some jelly drops on it.

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Aitor Neketán

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Who is Aitor Neketán?

Aitor Neketán has been one of the leading lights among the Canary Islands' pastry artisans in recent years. A vocational cook from a very young age, Aitor carried on the tradition started by his parents, Margarita Sanz and Marcos Neketán, at their family bakery, the Neketán Pastry and Confectionary Shop, specialising in confectionery with a strong accent placed on local products.

His establishment in Vecindario, a town in the southeast of Gran Canaria, was the epicentre for an unrivalled catalogue of desserts and sweets, traditional but also new and original, invented by a chef who never tired of learning and improving.

Aitor Neketán retired in 2020, closing his premises in Vecindario, but his brothers Arkaitz and Alexis, who are also cooks, continue to carry on the culinary mantle, maintaining the enthusiasm and good work of this family of great pastry chefs, with a long tradition of entrepreneurship. They now run their operations in premises on Calle Pérez Galdós 51, in Doctoral de Vecindario. It is the same location where, nearly 50 years ago, their parents opened the first Neketán bakery.

The 'dish-enhancing' secret ingredient

Local Arucas Rum, probably the best known rum in the Canaries, is a product with a great tradition in Gran Canaria, and a legacy from the time of extensive sugar cane production in the north of the island. Hence it is no wonder it is to be found in some traditional Canary recipes, and also in desserts.

If you would like to see first hand how rum is made, in the city of Arucas to the north of Gran Canaria you are welcome to come to Europe’s oldest rum factory and bodega. An essential visit for travellers interested in gastronomy. 

The making of 'Islandmix' also features the collaboration of Gran Canarian potter Gustavo García Cruz.
You can learn all about his work on this fanpage plus his INusuall brand and his comtemporary pottery pieces.

Further information about local craftsmen and women can be found on the FEDAC official website.