This could be your new favorite banana pudding. The first secret are the home made vanilla waffers. I make them the day before. The second secret is the banana flavoring added to the pudding. The double dose of banana flavor will knock any banana lovers socks off.
Separate eggs putting the whites in a mixing bowl and the yolks in a small bowl.
In a sauce pan add flour, sugar, salt. Stir with a whisk until well combined.
Whisk the egg yolks until smooth. Pour 2 cups of milk in a measuring cup. Add yolks and mix until smooth.
Pour 1/3 cup of milk mixture into sauce pan of flour mixture. Stir until smooth. Turn heat on to medium low and add the rest of the milk mixture. With a whisk stir constantly until pudding gets thick about 15 minutes. when you start seeing large bubbles stir 1 more minute.
Remove from heat and add butter, vanilla, and banana extract. Stir until well combined. Slice your bananas thinly.
In a oven proof dish arrange cookies in a single layer on the bottom and sides of dish. Layer 1/2 of the banana slices on top of cookies.
Pour Pudding over bananas.
Top with bananas and then cookies.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Add sugar slowly until stiff peaks form.
This is the texture you are looking for.
Spread meringue evenly over cookies. Bake for 12 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow pudding to cool. This is best served warm. You can reheat leftover pudding in the microwave...that is if you have any left.