Pumpkin Gingerbread with Warm Caramel Sauce

2 1/4 cups flour

1/2 cup sugar

2/3 cup butter

3/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons ginger

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cloves

3/4 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup molasses

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

1 egg

Preheat oven to 350F.

Combine flour and sugar.

Mix in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles fine crumbs.

In a 9-inch square baking pan, place 1 3/4 cups of the mixture and press evenly along the bottom to form a crust.

Add pecans, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, salt, and cloves to crumb mixture and stir well.

Add buttermilk, molasses, pumpkin, and egg.

Pour batter on top of the crust in the baking pan.

Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Warm Caramel Sauce

1/2 cup butter

1 1/4 cups light brown sugar

2 tablespoons corn syrup

1/2 cup heavy cream

Melt butter in a heavy saucepan.

Stir in brown sugar and corn syrup.

Stirring constantly, bring mixture to a boil, and cook for 1 minute or until sugar dissolves.

Gradually add cream and return to a boil.

Remove from heat.

To serve, top each serving with scoop of vanilla ice cream and spoon sauce over warm gingerbread. (Serves 9-12)