Thaw fruit, if frozen. Spread fruit in 2-quart square (8x8x2-inch) baking dish.
In a medium mixing bowl, beat the 3/4 cup sugar and the butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and the 1/2 teaspoon salt. Beat into creamed mixture until combined (mixture will be crumbly). Beat in milk until mixture is smooth. Spread over fruit.
In a bowl, combine the 1/2 cup sugar, the cornstarch, nutmeg, and the 1/4 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle over batter. Pour boiling water over all.
Bake the pudding in a 350 degree F oven for 40 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of the dessert comes out clean. Serve with cream, if you like. Makes 6 to 8 servings.