Preheat the oven to 400F. Grease and flour a large baking sheet. Cut the butter into small pieces. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add butter and rub in until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.
In another bowl, beat together the eggs and buttermilk. Set aside 2 tbsp.for glazing. Stir the remaining egg mixture into dry ingredients until it just holds together. Stir in the raisins.
Roll out the dough about 3/4 inch thick. Stamp out circles with floured biscuit cutter. Place on prepared baking sheet and brush with the glaze.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden Allow to cool slightly before serving. Split in half with a fork while still warm and spread with butter and jam, if desired.
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