1.Peel apples and cut into 2cm pieces. Place apple pieces in a saucepan with ¼ cup of the brown sugar and 1 tblsp water. Cover saucepan and cook apples over a medium heat for 20 minutes or until just tender, stirring occasionally. Transfer apples to an ovenproof dish.
2.Sift cinnamon and flour into a large bowl and stir in remaining ½ cup of brown sugar. Rub in butter with fingertips then stir in pecans. Sprinkle mixture over apples. Bake in a 180C preheated oven for 20 minutes or until topping is crisp.
Apples can be cooked several hours ahead. Keep covered in the refrigerator. Make crumble topping and bake as required.Note