Shropshire Polecat Pie

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This recipe was known at Shropshire Fitchet Pie. 'Fitchet' is a 17th Century word for a weasel or polecat, but bacon is recommended as a 21st Century alternative.

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8oz (225g) shortcrust pastry
1lb (450g) unsmoked, minced bacon
4oz (110g) onions, chopped
8oz (225g) cooking apples, peeled and sliced
Quarter of a pint (150ml) strong chicken stock
A little sugar
Mixed herbs
Salt and pepper


Place the minced bacon in the bottom of a deep pie dish. Put the apples and onions in layers over the top and season each layer with herbs, sugar, salt and pepper. Pour the strong chicken stock over the whole thing.

Bake in an over preheated to 325 Celsius (Gas Mark 4) for 30 minutes. Roll out a pastry lid and put it on top of the mixture. Bake for a further 20 minutes at 375 Celsius (Gas Mark 6).

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