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Raspberry and Blueberry Chocolate Truffles



1 cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, cut into small pieces

¾ cup heavy cream

¼ cup (1/2 ounce) unsalted butter

½ cup  Grand Marnier

32 fresh raspberries, optional

Cocoa powder, for coating

In a small heatproof bowl or double boiler set over but not touching simmering water, combine the chocolate, cream, and butter. When the chocolate has almost melted, remove the bowl from the heat and stir the mixture until smooth. Stir in the Grand Marnier, cover the  bowl and refrigerate,  stirring  occasionally, until the mixture is thick enough to mound on a spoon, about 1 hour. Line a baking tray with waxed or parchment paper. Using two spoons scoop a level teaspoon of the mixture, drop in a blueberry  or raspberry and scoop between two spoons until a roundish shape. Put the baking tray in the refrigerator and chill the truffles until firm, about 30 minutes. Spread some cocoa powder in a bowl. Quickly roll each truffle between your hands to give it a spherical shape, and then roll it in the cocoa to coat it. Transfer to a plate and store in a cool place, the fridge or even the freezer, until serving.

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