1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar, divided
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup pure pumpkin
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 cups hot water
DirectionsPreheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine flour, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, the pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, and salt; mix well and set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine pumpkin, butter, milk, and vanilla; mix well. Pour pumpkin mixture into flour mixture and stir until combined. Pour batter into baking dish.
In a small bowl, combine pecans, brown sugar, and remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar; mix well. Sprinkle nut mixture over batter.
Slowly pour hot water over the top; do not stir. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until center is set. Serve warm or cold.