Preheat oven to 350F. Break bread into small pieces. Place in mixing bowl with sugar, evaporated milk, vanilla, milk, egg yolks, melted butter and coconut. Mix well and pour into 8 x 1O x 2 inch baking pan. Bake in preheated oven at 350F for 30-40 Minutes or until silver knife inserted comes out clean. After removing pudding from oven, make meringue. Beat egg whites with sugar, salt and water (add sugar. 1 tablespoon at a time) until stiff. Cover pudding with meringue and sprinkle coconut on top. Return to oven and bake another 9 to 10 minutes until meringue is golden.
Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana