Old Time Banana Pudding

*Some family members donít like the meringue topping and prefer to top with whipped cream or non-dairy topping once the dish is chilled.

Good ripe hand of bananas
Vanilla Wafers
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups whole milk
2 beaten egg yolks
1/4 cup butter
2 teaspoons vanilla or banana extract
Meringue from 2 egg whites (optional)
Pre-baked pie shell

In large casserole, beginning with wafers, layer the fruit and cookies until desired amount is used. In heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, flour and salt.  Beat in the cold milk and heat over medium temperature until thickened and bubbly, stirring constantly.  Cook and stir for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir moderate amount of mixture into egg yolk, then return all to pan and return to heat.  Continue to stir constantly and cook for an additional 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in flavoring and butter until well blended.  Pour hot custard over fruit and cookies, using spatula to help custard work itís way down through dish.  Top with meringue and quickly brown under broiler; chill at least 4 hours.

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