In warm weather, I like to make great-tasting desserts but I want to spend less time in the kitchen doing it. I prefer enjoying the cool breezes of our screened porch while my husband whips me at Scrabble, or sinking into my wicker rocking chair with a novel. So I developed a standby simple dessert that is still dazzling, aromatic, and delicious. I like to pass both the ice cream and the compote in large bowls so people can serve themselves. Guests who are watching their waistlines can portion themselves lots of berries and a little ice cream, and the rest can be as liberal with a scoop as they dare.
Whisk together the egg yolks,
Put the orange and lemon juices, sugar, and salt in a large sauté pan.
The berry compote should be made just before serving.
Scoop some buttermilk ice cream into bowls and spoon the berries and some sauce over the top. Or, separately pass the ice cream and compote in two large bowls. Serve immediately.
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