Honey and Orange Hot Cross Buns

April 8, 2020 in Information


For the Buns:

  • 4 1/4 cups high grade flour
  • 1 1/2 cups warm milk
  • 4 tbsp Bella New Zealand Manuka Honey
  • 3 tsp yeast
  • 2 tbsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 50gr butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup orange zest

For the Crosses:

  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup water

For the Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup boiled water


  • Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.


  • In a bowl mix 1 1/4 cups flour, 1 1/2 cups warm milk, 4 tbsp Bella New Zealand Manuka Honey and 3 tsp yeast, Allow to sit for 5 minutes. The result should be like a paste consistency.
  • Then add the remaining 3 cups flour, mixed spice, cinnamon, cloves, butter, egg, and orange zest to the paste and combine to form a dough. Knead for 3 mins and then place the bowl of dough in a warm room to double in size.
  • Once it has doubled take it out and place on a floured bench and knead for 7 minutes. Add more flour if too sticky. Allow to sit again in the bowl until it doubles again in size, usually an hour.
  • Punch the dough down and divide into 12 pieces. Roll the pieces into a ball and place on a lined baking tray 2 cm apart.
  • Allow to rise again, touching each other on the tray is best as they cook well like this.


  • To make the crosses stir all ingredients together and place into a piping bag, pipe thin crosses over the top of the buns.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and smelling delicious.


  • Combine the sugar and water in a pot on the stove until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Brush this over the cooked hot cross buns as soon as they come from the oven.

Manuka in full flower

November 27, 2018 in Information

Our stunning New Zealand Manuka trees are currently in full flower.  Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) flowers for 2-6 weeks in either beautiful pink or white flowers. The busy honey bees collect the nectar from the flowers to produce our authentic pure premium Bella New Zealand Manuka Honey.

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