Granma's Irish Biscuits. The technique is the same, but I've made these a little sweeter with spice and richer due to the use of cream instead of milk.
2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1 stick (1/4 lb. or 1/2 cup) butter or margarine, at room temperature (not melted)
raisins, to taste (about 1/2 cup is good)
1/2 cup half-and-half or light cream*
1 tsp baking spice mix**
Mix all ingredients. Batter shouldn't stick to fingers (add more flour if necessary).
Drop about 1/2-cup size balls onto floured cookie sheet, or pat into a rectangle on a floured surface, then cut into triangles. Makes about 8 round biscuits or a baker's dozen triangles, depending on how large you cut them.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes at 350.
*The quantity of cream is variable. Granma never used a measuring cup. If you accidentally put in too much liquid, just add a little more flour. This is a "go by the feel of it" kind of recipe.
**The Baking Spice is a mix that I got at Penzeys. It contains cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, mace and anise. Use a teaspoon (total) of any combination of these that you might have, and you may substitute nutmeg for mace.