Easy Apple Crisp


INGREDIENTS

For the crisp topping:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt 
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces and chilled

For the apple filling:

  • 2 pounds firm, sweet apples (4 to 5 medium-large apples) 
  • Up to 1/4 cup water

For serving (optional):

  • Vanilla ice cream or heavy cream
  • Equipment:8-inch-square baking dish, preferably ceramic, glass, enamel-coated cast-iron, or stainless steel (avoid aluminum or uncoated cast-iron)