Hot Lightning


  • 1 kg apples
  • 1 kg potatoes
  • ½ kg fresh bacon
  • 50 g sugar
  • 50 g butter
  • 25 g salt
  • cinnamon
  • Water


  1. Peel the apples and remove the cores and cut in parts.
  2. Put the bacon in a pan and add hot water, till the bacon is just covered.
  3. Cook for 20 minutes.
  4. Add the potatoes, the salt, the sugar, the apples and the butter.
  5. Let the mixture boil gently for 1 hour.
  6. Don’t stir too much.
  7. Add some cinnamon.
  8. Serve with smoked sausage and/or pork meat.

Variation: The apples can be split in two parts. One part is cooked, the other part, with some salt and pepper, is heated in an oven at 180 degrees for 20 minutes. These dried apple parts can be added at the end. Another variation is to add 250 gram cooked big white beans (canned Lima beans)


This recipe comes from a cookbook from 1936 from P.J.Kers, Onze keuken, radiolessen, part 2. These recipes were presented in a series of radio programs. The name can be explained as follows: on your plate, the meal looks innocent, but in your mouth it can be very hot: hot lightning!

Sustainability and healthy tips and tricks

  • Prepare this recipe when the apples are ripe in your region.
  • Use apples that fell on the ground and therefor have little spots and imperfections. These spots can be cut off quit easily and the apples are still very tasty.
  • Use potatoes form your own region.
  • You might put your apple peels on your own compost heap. Potato peals on your compost heap has all kinds of cons esspecially related to potato blight.
  • Use a vegetarian version of suasages and bacon or no meat at all.
  • Use a minmum of salt to make the recipe healthier for elderly people.
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