This version of the classic apple crisp makes its own lovely thick sauce as it bakes. Its natural appeal and generous abundance make it perfect for a family reunion, book club, potluck, or special office or classroom treat.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine apples, cream, maple syrup, and lemon juice. Mix well. Add the flour, cinnamon, and salt and mix again. Spread the apples and all of their liquid evenly in the prepared baking dish.
Put flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt into a food processor. Pulse several times to mix. Scatter butter over mixture. Pulse again, just until the topping resembles moist sand; do not overmix. Pour the topping into a large bowl and rub together between your fingers to even out the texture. Spread the topping over the apples, tamping it down gently.
Bake on the center oven rack for 55 to 60 minutes, until bubbly. Cool on a rack for at least 15 minutes before serving.