I came upon this in a roundabout manner. A post on Elise.com which led me to a Melissa Clark article in the Times and the discovery of why this recipe sounded so familiar--it's an updated version of a Maida Heater recipe from my youth. I use bourbon (Maker's Mark), Ms. Clark uses whiskey; I suspect that one is as good as the other -- and the bourbon version is a knockout! You can also play around and make this in smaller molds. A dollop of barely sweetened whipped cream, some 10x, a sprig of fresh mint, a little pool of rasberry coulis...various forms of heaven on a pretty plate.