Edd Kimber's Mixed Berry Traybake with Rosehip Syrup

Edd Kimber's Mixed Berry Traybake with Rosehip Syrup
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Enjoy yet another of Edd's foraging recipes inspired by our garden at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, the 'Jordans Wildlife Garden'. This tasty traybake is easy to make and can use any berry that’s in season or that you *forage yourself.  The Rosehip Syrup adds a deliciously tangy finish to the cake.

*Always check before consuming wild flowers or fruits picked from the British countryside.

Preparation time
15 mins
Cooking time
40 mins
Skill level


1. For the traybake, grease a deep 9x13 rectangular baking tin and line with a strip of parchment paper, leaving about a 2-inch overhang along the long sides. This will make removing the cake a lot easier later on. Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan oven 160°C, Gas Mark 4.

2. For the sponge mixture, place the butter and sugar into a large bowl and using an electric mixer beat until light and fluffy, for about five minutes. Mix in the vanilla extract and then one at a time beat in the eggs, beating each egg until fully combined before adding the next. Mix the flour and baking powder together and then in three additions add to the egg mixture, mixing until just combined. Add the milk and mix to combine.

3. Scrape the batter into the prepared tin and spread into an even layer. Scatter over the berries and Jordans Super Berry Granola and bake in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes until golden brown, or when a toothpick inserted into the middle of the sponge comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool in the tin before drizzling with the rosehip syrup.

4. If you want to add a bit of decoration to the traybake you can mix 75g icing sugar with the juice of 1/2 lemon, until you have a smooth, just pourable mixture. You can also add a couple of teaspoons of rosehip syrup to this if you like. Drizzle over the sponge to give a lovely finish to the cake.

To make the Rosehip Syrup
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 3 hours
Serves: about 2 litres

1kg rosehips, washed
1kg caster sugar
3 litres water


1.For the syrup, place 2 litres of the water into a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Whilst coming to temperature, roughly chop the rosehips. This can be done by hand or in a food processor. When the water is at a boil, add the rosehips to the pan and bring back to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

2. Remove the pan from the heat and cover, allowing to infuse for half an hour. Line a colander with muslin and place over a large bowl. Pour the rosehip mixture into the muslin and allow to drain for an hour.

3. Bring one litre of water to the boil and add in the rosehip pulp from the colander, bringing back to the boil and then simmering for another 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and again allow to infuse for half an hour before pouring back into the colander to drain.

4. Once all the liquid has drained through, discard the pulp. Pour the rosehip liquid into the pan along with the sugar and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat slightly and boil gently for about 5-10 minutes until reduced and syrupy. Pour the syrup into sterilised bottles and seal.


If you are unable to buy rosehips, rose syrup is readily available from good delis and specialist food shops.

Blueberries make a lovely alternative to blackberries, so feel free to go with whatever berry you can get your hands on.

Any leftover syrup can be used to flavour cakes and ice cream or bottled to make the perfect gift.


  • 225g unsalted butter
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 200g mixed berries (raspberries, blackberries, strawberries)
  • 100g Jordans Super Berry Granola
  • 75g icing sugar (optional)
  • juice of 1/2 lemon (optional)
  • 2tsp of Rosehip Syrup (optional)

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