- 400g ginger crunch biscuits, finely blitzed
- 110g butter
- ½ jar stem ginger in syrup
- 150g butter
- 150g caster sugar
- 4 organic/free range large eggs
- 150g ground almonds
- 2 teaspoons almond extract
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla paste
- 20 pink lady apples, sliced with a mandoline into rounds
- 250ml orange juice
- 200g caster sugar
- 250g melted butter
Preheat the oven to 160ºC/ Fan 140ºC / Gas Mark 3.
Begin by blitzing the biscuits into a fine crumb and then melt the butter and finely chop the stem ginger.
Next, combine the biscuits, stem ginger and melted butter together in a bowl and then firmly press the mixture into the base and sides of the Signature Buffet Casserole. Aim for the base and sides to be equal thickness, just under half a centimetre or so.
Place the casserole into the pre-heated oven and allow the base to cook for 5-10 minutes until the biscuit base looks like it is set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
For the frangipane mixture, combine the butter and sugar, whipping until it becomes lighter in colour and fluffy in consistency. Then add in the eggs followed by the almond extract, vanilla paste and finally the ground almonds. Mix together well.
Spoon the frangipane mixture over the biscuit base and place into the oven at 170ºC/ Fan 150 ºC/ Gas Mark 3½. Cook until it begins to turn golden. This should take around 20 minutes.
While the frangipane is cooking, take a mandoline and slice the pink lady apples. Once sliced place in a large bowl filled with the orange juice and sugar, this will help to soften the apples so you can mould and roll them into the rose shapes without them snapping.
Allow the apples to soak for at least 10 minutes or until the frangipane is cooked.
To make the apple roses, begin by rolling one apple slice, place another slice around this and repeat until you have a rose-like flower. Cut a small hole in the top of the frangipane and place the rose into the hole to ensure it stays in place.
Once you have covered the entire base with apple roses sprinkle with icing sugar and serve straight to the table with a warm spiced custard.