With over 100 company-owned and franchised restaurants throughout the Eastern and Midwestern United States, RARE Hospitality International Inc. has a fast-growing presence in the steakhouse segment of the dining industry. This relative newcomer to the market--at scarcely 15 years in business, compared to such 1960s-era chains as Ponderosa and Bonanza--RARE's irreverent style of "cowboy cuisine" shook up the segment. By 1996, the company's core chain of LongHorn Steakhouses numbered 81 units. Following its initial public offering in 1992, the company acquired the Bugaboo Creek Steak House chain and its smaller The Capital Grille group of pricey eateries. Founder George W. McKerrow, Jr. continued to serve the company as chairman through the mid-1990s.
Ultimate Brownie Sundae
A Ghirardelli chocolate brownie served warm and topped with hot fudge and vanilla bean ice cream.
ULTIMATE BROWNIE SUNDAE
Longhorn Steakhouse Copycat Recipe
Makes about 16 Brownies
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup Ghirardelli sweet ground chocolate and cocoa
2/3 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips
Grease a 8x8 inch baking pan and set aside. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl stir together the eggs, sugar and vanilla. Mix well. Add butter mixing to incorporate.
Sift the ground chocolate with the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir into the egg mixture and add the walnuts. Spread into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.