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Clam, smoked bacon and cider broth

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  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 150g/5oz smoked bacon rashers, chopped
  • 1 dried anchovy fillet
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 carrot, peeled, finely chopped
  • 1 stick celery, trimmed, finely chopped
  • 1 small leek, trimmed, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, peeled, finely chopped
  • 2kg/4lb 4oz medium clams, cleaned, (discard any clams that remain open after rinsing)
  • 300ml/11fl oz good-quality dry cider
  • handful chopped fresh flatleaf parsley
  • 4 slices white crusty bread
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled