Fresh summer berries become a warm dessert or breakfast treat after a quick cook in a hot skillet. Mascarpone, an Italian-style cream cheese available in most grocery stores, is a simple creamy topping for the fruit.
In a large (12-inch) skillet, combine the sugar and ginger with 1/3 cup water and put the pan over medium-high heat. When the water comes to a boil, add the berries and nectarines and cook, stirring frequently, until the nectarines have just started to soften and the juice released from the berries has thickened slightly, 4 to 5 minutes. Let cool for a minute and then transfer to individual serving bowls and garnish with a dollop of mascarpone.
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