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"Arrack" in German recipes?

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Roland Parker | | Dec 15, 2013 06:30 AM

I was looking through a German cookbook at a bookstore this afternoon and noticed that a number of the cookie/cake recipes called for "arrack."

I could only think of arak, a spirit common in SE Asia and decidedly not what I would expect of German cooking. Would anyone have an idea what is meant by "arrack?"

The cookbook was called "Grandma's German Cookbook" and the other odd thing about the cookbook was that it used both metric, imperial and US measurements - alternatively! So one recipe would feature US cups while the next recipe would only have grams/ounces.

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