Wipe the pieces of hare with a damp cloth and place in a large basin. Add cold water and about
Leave for several hours or overnight during which time the vinegar draws the blood and makes the hare meat less rich. Drain and pat the pieces dry.
Place the hare pieces in a good-sized saucepan. Peel and slice the onion. Add to the pan with the scraped and sliced carrots, the peeled and cut-up clove of garlic and the bay leaf. Add cold water to cover the hare, then add a good seasoning of salt and a few peppercorns. Bring slowly to the boil, then lower the heat and allow to simmer gently for about 3½–4 hours or until the flesh is quite tender and coming away from the bones.
Lift the hare pieces from the pan and leave until cool enough to handle. Remove the flesh from the bones and mince the hare flesh into a basin. Melt
Spoon the mixture into a pâté dish or white china soufflé dish and spread level. Melt the remaining butter and pour over the surface. Decorate with the bay leaf rescued from the hare stock and chill for several hours. Serve with hot toast or French bread.