Cut the flesh from the pheasant, removing as much bone as possible. Place the wings and backbone in a saucepan. Add half the onion and a seasoning of salt and pepper. Add cold water to cover the carcass and bring to the boil. Skim and simmer gently for 1 hour. Strain and then boil rapidly to reduce and concentrate the game stock to about
Cut the steak into strips, trim and chop the bacon rashers. Toss the steak in seasoned flour and add to the hot fat in a frying pan. Fry gently until browned. Lift the steak from the pan and place in a
To the hot fat in the frying pan add about
Roll out the pastry and cut a top for the pie. Use the trimmings to line the greased pie dish rim. Damp the pastry rim and cover with the pastry top. Knock up the pie edges and brush the whole pie with lightly mixed egg. Make a hole in the centre and arrange an attractive decoration cut from any remaining pastry pieces.
Put the pie to bake above centre in a hot oven (220°C., 425°F., Gas Mark 7) for 30 minutes. Then lower the oven heat to moderate (180°C., 350°F., Gas Mark 4) and bake for a further hour. Cover the pie top with greased paper or foil if it begins to brown too much. Serve hot.