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[Photograph: Tina Rupp]

Edible comfort. That's what comes to mind when digging into layers of dark caramel, cool vanilla pudding, and crisp cookie. Topped with meringue, this dessert from Baked Elements: Our 10 Favorite Ingredients serves 8, or a couple people in need of some soothing.

Tips: If you balked at this recipe when you saw the meringue topping, keep in mind that it is entirely optional. But if you'd like to try and tackle it, make sure to seal the edges of the meringue with the pudding; otherwise weeping can occur.

Tweaks: The book acknowledges that while most banana pudding recipes use vanilla wafer cookies, shortbread works too. Or even crispy chocolate chip cookies. My advice? Listen to the book.

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