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Heat oven to 450. Line a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt
Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and gently pour in the buttermilk. Using a wooden spoon start to mix the ingredients to combine. Using floured hands gently continue to mix until the dough comes together Add the additional buttermilk if needed to hold the dough together, the dough should be soft. Mix in the raisins.
Gather the dough onto a floured work surface and gently knead the dough a few times. Shape into a 6 inch ball about 2 inches tall.
Place on the baking sheet. Using a very sharp knife cut an X on the top of the dough ball but not too deep.
Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temp to 400 and continue to bake for another 20-30 minutes or until the crust is golden. The internal temperature should register 180 degrees.
Let the bread cool slightly before cutting. Serve with butter and jam.