Honey Cheese Scones - Honey Recipes By Manawa Honey NZ, Ruatahuna, Te Urewera, New Zealand


  • 2 tbsp Tawari Honey
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 250g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 80g butter, cubed
  • Pinch of salt
  • 100g of mature cheddar or tasty cheese, plus extra for the top.
  • 1 egg
  • 75 ml milk
  • Chopped garlic, chopped bacon if you prefer


Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C or for fan oven, 200 degrees C. Do this well before needing to bake so its fully up to temperature and stable

Melt the Tawari Honey by warming slightly then add the lemon zest and set aside.

In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Then rub together the butter and flour mixture until you have a breadcrumb like texture, then fold through the cheese. Add any other ingredients that you might prefer – a little chopped bacon and/or crushed garlic adds a nice touch.

Add an egg and start to bring the mixture together using a knife. Add the milk and use your knife to get an initial mix and then with your hands bring the mixture together into a dough. It does not have to be perfect and smooth.

Lightly dust a work surface with flour then roll out the dough to 25mm thick. No thinner. Cut to shape with a knife or 5-7cm cookie cutter.

Place the scones on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Lightly brush the top and sides of each scone with the Tawari Honey and lemon mixture then sprinkle over a little bit more cheese on the top if desired.

Bake the scones in a preheated oven for 18-22 minutes until they are golden brown.

Leave the scones to cool on a wire rack. Serve warm is best, as is or with butter for the inside – delicious!


We prefer Tawari Honey with this recipe as it will sweeten without overpowering the taste of the cheese or the lemon. You could also use Pua-a-Tane Wild Flower Honey, especially if you use a robust tasty cheese for this recipe.

Don’t be surprised that baking powder is added to self-raising flour in this recipe. That’s to get the extra lift in the scones needed when cheese has been added.

Shop now for our honeys used in this recipe through the images below or browse our honey in our online store.

Tāwari Honey 500g

USD $18.99

Tāwari won Golds at London Honey Awards and NZ Outstanding Food Producers Awards, finalist at Black Jar International Honey Tasting Contest, USA

A rare honey from groves of the Tāwari tree deep within our forest Te Urewera. Exquisite taste and texture, comes with a hint of butterscotch.

Here in 500g jars, also available in 250g and 110g jars.

Pua-ā-Tāne Wild Forest Honey 500g

USD $13.99

Finalist 10th Black Jar International Honey Contest held USA 2021. Also won Bronze Medal in NZ Outstanding Food Producers Awards 2021.

Pua-ā-Tāne Wild Forest Honey is a fusion of tree honeys from a special place deep in the heart of Te Urewera forest. Each season brings into this unique honey varying combinations of forest nectars such as Rewarewa, Tāwari, Tawhero, Hinau, Kānuka and Mānuka.

Also available raw in 3kg and 5kg pails.

Raw Pua-ā-Tāne Wild Forest Honey: Limited Edition – 3kg

USD $45.99

Finalist 10th Black Jar International Honey Contest held USA, and Bronze Medal in NZ Outstanding Food Producers Awards in 2021.

Our 3kg limited edition pail – special vintage of raw honey from Ohāua-te-Rangi, deep in Te Urewera forest. This honey is a fusion of forest tree honeys – Rewarewa, Tawari and Tawhero. Pure and natural, capturing the essence of our forest.

Also available in 6kg pails.

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