2 cups all-purpose flour, unsifted
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup golden raisins
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted & cooled
4 tablespoons shortening, melted & cooled
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup sugar
3 eggs, extra large
1/4 cup maple syrup, pure
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups pecans, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees; butter and flour a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan.
Thoroughly mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice in a bowl. Toss the raisins with 2 tablespoons of the flour mixture. Whisk the butter, shortening, brown sugar, sugar and eggs in a bowl; beat in the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Pour over the dry ingredients, and stir to form a batter. Stir in the pecans and raisins.
Pour and scrape the batter into the prepared pan; spread evenly. Bake for 27 to 30 minutes, or until just set and golden on top. Cool completely in the pan on a rack. Cut into bars and remove from pan with a spatula.