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.

Why we use the UMF® scale, and how it works

January 1, 2018 in Information

UMF® stands for Unique Mānuka Factor, an internationally recognised quality trademark that guarantees the quality and purity of New Zealand Mānuka honey.

Bella New Zealand Manuka Honey is a licensed member of the UMFHA (Unique Mānuka Factor Honey Association), an independent organisation set up to protect the integrity of Mānuka honey, which assure consumers that they are buying genuine, high quality Mānuka honey from New Zealand. As Bella New Zealand Manuka Honey meets the high standards required by the UMFHA, we are permitted to use both the UMF® trademark and the UMF® scale.

Most importantly, the UMF® trademark helps to distinguish real authentic Mānuka honey from the many counterfeit products available. The UMF Honey Association requires members to participate in a strict high-quality testing regime, in accredited laboratories, that covers the distinct chemical markers found in Mānuka honey. The UMF Honey Association itself performs random sampling to ensure that Mānuka honey is certified, compliant, true to label and can be trusted. A higher concentration of these chemical markers results in a higher UMF® rating, for example our most premium product, UMF® 20+.

Our membership of the UMFHA is the most reliable way for consumers to have peace of mind that they are buying true, pure, authentic New Zealand Mānuka honey. Every batch of Bella New Zealand Manuka is independently analysed and certified for purity, quality and authenticity by the UMF Honey Association.

Bella New Zealand Manuka Honey is UMF® certified, and is available in UMF® 5+, UMF® 10+, UMF® 15+, and UMF® 20+.

How does the UMF rating compare to MGO™?

We cannot guarantee the accuracy of other systems of measuring Mānuka honey. The UMF® scale and testing is considerably more comprehensive.

As a market approximation, below is a UMF® vs MGO™ conversion guide:

UMF® 5+ has a minimum MGO™ rating of 83
UMF® 10+ has a minimum MGO™ rating of 261
UMF® 15+ has a minimum MGO™ rating of 514
UMF® 20+ has a minimum MGO™ rating of 829

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