Step 1Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. When the sugar has melted, remove from heat and cool (makes 2 cups).
Step 1Place the simple syrup, apple juice, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla bean and seeds, orange zest and clove in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil.
Step 2Remove the mixture from the heat and let it steep for half an hour. Strain through a fine mesh strainer or chinois into a shallow baking dish.
Step 3Place the mixture in the freezer. Every half hour, use a fork to scrape the ice and then return the mixture to the freezer. Repeat until granite consistency is reached, about 2 1/2 hours. Wrap the dish in plastic and store in the freezer until ready to serve.
Step 1In a bowl, whisk together the simple syrup, lemon juice and vanilla bean and seeds to break up the vanilla bits.
Step 2Add the apple slices to the syrup and toss very thoroughly. Let sit for a few minutes before serving.
Step 3For each serving, use a slotted spoon to remove one-half cup of apples from the syrup and place in a mound in a shallow bowl. Spoon a tablespoon of the syrup on top. Place one-third cup of the granite on top of the apples, arranging the granite so you can see the apple slices underneath.