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Great Grammy’s Mi’kmaq Bread Recipe

This recipe was given to me by my Aunt Lily, it is my Great Grammy’s recipe for Nuskinikn, a type of Mi’kmaq bread that is slightly sweet and is very similar to scones. It’s very common to add raisins to this recipe, but you can mix it up and substitute other dry fruits or ingredients for a different flavor.

Read more about Mi’kmaq bread and other First Nation foods my recent article, Native Nourishment, featured in the April issue’s Native American Guide.



1 cup raisins



Soak the raisins in warm water for 10 minutes with a little vegetable oil.

Combine the dry ingredients, once they’re well mixed cut in the lard until the pieces are the size of peas.

Combine the buttermilk and raisins then mix into the flour and lard mixture jsut until combined. Make sure not to handle the dough too much or it may become tough.

Pour out dough into a pie plate and cook in a 400 degree oven for 45 min, you can also cut the dough into scones and decrease the baking time.