Carrabba's Italian Grill was founded by Johnny Carrabba and Damian Mandola in Houston, Texas in 1986. The restaurant features hand-prepared family recipes made from the finest ingredients and prepared to order in an exhibition kitchen. The success of Carrabba's led to the popular PBS cooking show Cucina!, starring Carrabba and Mandola, as well as a series of companion cookbooks. There are currently 240 Carrabba's Italian Grill locations around the country.
Carrabba's Italian Chocolate Dream
Makes 1 9 inch cake
1 box dark fudge brownie mix (or your favorite scratch recipe)
1/4 cup Kahlua
2 cups prepared chocolate mousse (from scratch or use package chocolate mousse mix)
2 cups whipped cream
1 ounce semi-sweet chocolate shavings
hot fudge sauce (your favorite recipe or supermarket brand)
Prepare brownie mix according to box instructions, using the two egg-recipe and substituting milk for the water. Line two 9" square baking pans with parchment paper. Spray bottoms with non-stick cooking spray. Pour equal amounts of batter into each pan.Bake at 325°F for 25 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely.Set one brownie pan aside; invert other pan and remove brownie in one piece; return to pan upside down; remove parchment paper. Brush the brownie evenly with 1/2 of the Kahlua; then top with 1/2 of the mousse, spreading it evenly over the brownie. Spread 1/2 of the whipped cream over the mousse. Remove second brownie from pan; brush with remaining Kahlua; place it on top of other brownie; spread remaining mousse evenly over the top; spread remaining whipped cream over the mousse. Drizzle with hot fudge sauce. Refrigerate until ready to serve.