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.

Offering Italian-inspired cuisine passed down from our founders’ family recipes, Carrabba’s uses only the best ingredients to prepare fresh and handmade dishes cooked to order in a lively exhibition kitchen. Featuring a wood-burning grill inspired by the many tastes of Italy, customers can enjoy signature dishes, including Chicken Bryan, Spiedino di Mare and a fresh twist on an Italian Classic, Wood-grilled Chicken Marsala. Carrabba’s was voted #1 Italian in the 2014 Consumer Picks Survey by Nation’s Restaurant News.

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Apple Cake



APPLE CAKE
Carrabba's Restaurant Recipe

Serves 8

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
pinch salt
3 eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 cup milk
zest of 1 lemon
4 apples
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Beat the sugar, butter and so with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time while mixing, meeting well before the next addition. Sift the flour, baking powder and nutmeg together and add to the bowl, adding half the flour and half the milk, then the remaining flour and the remaining milk. Add the lemon zest.

Line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper.  Butter the pan. Spread the batter evenly in the pan.

Peel, halve and core the apples.  Cut each half into 4 wedges. Fan the apple slices out from the center on top of the batter.  Mix the sugar and cinnamon together. Sprinkle this mixture over the apples. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and continue to cool on a wire rack.

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