The Bellbird Bakery Blog

News, events, markets and happenings, fresh out of the oven at Bellbird Bakery. 

Hens in front of shed on Nutritional Farm in Dunsandel, Canterbury, NZ

Supplier Series: Nutritional Farm Pastured Eggs

We talk with Gretha and Paddy to learn about pasture egg farming.
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Dave holding a block of soil on a sunny regenerative farm

Let’s talk about Regenerative Agriculture

We've asked our Production Manager Dave a few questions to understand what Regenerative Agriculture is.
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Hot cross buns on white paper Bellbird Bakery Christchurch

A Brief History of Hot Cross Buns

Have you ever wondered where hot cross buns come from and why we eat them over Easter?
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Leftover vegan croissant and mint strawberry salad with a dollop of coconut yoghurt on a grey plate, seen from above Bellbird Bakery

Revive your leftover croissants: a simple recipe

An easy breakfast recipe that is perfect for using up those leftover croissants you might have lying around.
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Stuffed marrow with sourdough and tomato sauce on a plate Bellbird Bakery recipe

How to turn your marrows into something delicious

We share an incredibly versatile recipe from Taeko that uses marrows and sourdough.
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Whole Galette des Rois on metal cake stand on wooden board Bellbird Bakery

Galette des R-what?? Introducing a slice of French Tradition

Let's introduce you to the delicious tradition of sharing the galette des rois.
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Christmas gingerbread wreath

A Christmas of Baking around the World

A festive collection of Christmas favourites from our multicultural team.
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Vegan pesto and porridge sourdough bread Bellbird Bakery

The Secret to Healthier Bread: The Benefits of Sourdough

Or why sourdough is good for us. Also includes a bonus recipe!
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Miche and baker's loaf sourdough Bellbird Bakery

The Art of selling Bread by Weight

We introduce the concept of 'Pain à la Coupe', commonly used in French bakeries.
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Delicious Homemade Bread Crackers Recipe

We share Taeko's delicious recipe for the crispier crackers you'll ever eat 😋
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Map Alice and Jeremy's cycling trip through Europe 2023

Alice and Jeremy’s European Cycling Adventure

Bellbird owners Alice and Jeremy tell us about their 3-month cycling trip around Europe.
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Empty Glass Bottles Canterbury's Choice Milk

Supplier Series: Canterbury’s Choice Milk

Canterbury’s Choice Milk is a family-owned and operated dairy farm in Springston ...
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Bunny Chow recipe Melandie with brioche

A South African favourite: Bunny Chow recipe

Melandie, one of our lovely team members and resident South African, shares ...
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Trade Aid chocolate blocks Christchurch nz

Supplier Series: Trade Aid

Another supplier series featuring our lovely cocoa supplier: Trade Aid! As many ...
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Field of wheat in the Canterbury sun

Supplier Series: Milmore Downs

We talk with Matt from Milmore Downs, a certified organic grain farm located in North Canterbury. Milmore Downs is one of our two lovely flour ...
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rye sourdough

What to look for in a good sourdough

Sourdough comes in many shapes and sizes. While it is a simple ...
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Christmas bakery products fruit mince tarts, croissants and Stollen on yellow background

A Brief History of our Christmas specials

December is finally here! Christmas trees are up, festive lights are on, ...
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Spelt Sourdough loaf held by tatooed arm on yellow background

What to do with Stale Sourdough

Life gets busy sometimes and even with the best of intentions, sometimes ...
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Close up of authentic French toast with cream, almonds and fruit

Alice’s pain perdu: authentic French toast recipe

An authentic French Toast recipe, by Bellbird’s French co-owner Alice, made with ...
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A day in the life of a baker at Bellbird Bakery involves making goods from 2:30am

Ever wondered what a day in the life of a baker looks like?

Thanks to our friends at Story Bites, you can get an insight ...
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Lasagne bake before baking, recipe with Bellbird sourdough

Sourdough Lasagne Bake (vegan recipe)

Not sure what to do with some old sourdough bread? Here’s an ...
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Sourdough loaf leaning on a Dutch oven during a Bellbird Baked Goods bread making workshop

Learn how to make sourdough with a pro!

So many of our customers have been asking if we do baking ...
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Hot cross bun and butter pudding with fruit, recipe from Bellbird Bakery

Hot Cross Buns and Butter pudding – our recipe

Too many hot cross buns? We know stale hot cross buns are ...
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Ken taking boxes on his e-trike for home deliveries during Covid-19 lockdown, Bellbird Bakery

Active lockdown: Home deliveries by bike

The first lockdown took us all by surprise. Luckily we were able to offer home deliveries, some of them by bicycle!
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Electric delivery van parked outside Bellbird Baked Goods

Bellbird is going fully electric!

We recently invested in an electric van to do our deliveries around ...
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Galette des rois whole after baking Bellbird Bakery

Galette des Rois season has started!

Christmas is over… now celebrate the Epiphanie with our Galette des Rois! ...
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Award-winning Bellbird Bakery team

NZ Baking Awards: our baguette won gold!

We competed in the Great NZ Bread Bake Off Awards, a baking ...
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Alice and Jeremy with the cargo bike outside of Bellbird Bakery at The Tannery

Alice and Jeremy talk about bikes

Our friends from Action Bicycle Club came to interview Alice and Jeremy ...
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