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3/4 cup sugar
5 heaping tablespoons flour
a pinch of salt
3 egg yolks (save the whites to make
the meringue)
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter
3-4 bananas  (you can add more, as desired, for added banana texture and flavor)
2 cups vanilla wafers
3 teaspoons water (for the meringue)
1-3 teaspoons sugar (for the meringue)

  1. Mix sugar, flour, salt and egg yolks with half of the milk (1 cup).
  2. Stir until smooth, then add the remaining cup of milk and mix well.
  3. Heat mixture in a double boiler (it's very important to use a double boiler or the
    the mixture will burn).
  4. Stir regularly until the mixture becomes thick (coats the mixing spoon).
  5. Remove from the heat to cool,
  6. Add vanilla and butter, then stir.
  7. Let the pudding set while you prepare the bananas and wafers.
  8. Slice bananas, then line a bowl or loaf pan with the wafers and bananas.
  9. Pour the cooled pudding mixture over the bananas and wafers.
  10. Whip egg whites and 3 teaspoons water in a glass or stainless bowl. Beat at
    high speed with a hand or electric mixer.
  11. When the eggs are almost stiff, add 1-3 teaspoons sugar (depending on
    preference for sweetness), then continue beating into very stiff peaks.
  12. Place the meringue on top of the pudding mixture, then touch a spoon lightly
    on top over the surface of the meringue to lift into peaks.
  13. Place the entire pudding and meringue mixture under a broiler until the peaks
    are a light, toasty brown. (Watch carefully, since browning the meringue takes a
    very short time.)
  14. Cool in the refrigerator, if preferred, before serving!

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