I followed all of Schneewitchen's comments except for the egg wash and the recipe turned out terrific! I really want to make it again. Thanks!
Your compliments made it truly Irish thanks
My grandmother got off the boat from Ireland in 1911. I have her recipe, this is close but missing some important ingredients: First off, SOAK the raisins in warm water for 20 minutes and then drain. This will ensure that they do not dry out the bread. It needs one egg beaten into the buttermilk,and another teaspoon of baking soda IN the milk. Also one egg YOLK beaten to brush on the top to make it rich and shiny. Bake it in a round glass Pyrex bowl and it is perfectly round! Kudos to you for adding the caraway, it would not be my Nanny's "scone" without it!!