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Chocolate mascarpone strawberries

Chocolate mascarpone strawberries
Los Angeles Times

You can't have Valentine's Day without chocolate, of course; it just isn't done. Strawberries are a must as well -- their red color a blazing emblem of the day. But when you dip the berries in chocolate and throw in ... Read more

Total time: 20 minutes | Serves 24 strawberries
  • 12 large strawberries with stems attached
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier (optional)

Step 1Wash the strawberries and pat dry with a paper towel. Cut each in half starting at the top stem end.

Step 2Combine the mascarpone and cream cheeses, the one-fourth cup sugar, cocoa, milk and Grand Marnier in a bowl. Whisk or use an electric hand mixer to thoroughly combine. Fill a pastry bag with a star tip or snip off the end of a resealable plastic bag and pipe a star or dollop of the mixture in the center of the cut side of each strawberry. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

Note: From Mary Ellen Rae. The filling can be made a day ahead and refrigerated, covered, in an airtight container. The recipe can be made several hours ahead and refrigerated.

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