Spruce up banana bread with a drizzle of salted caramel sauce and a scoop of ice-cream for a swoon-worthy decadent dessert.

The riper the bananas, the better the banana bread, writes Jill Dupleix. She puts a decadent twist on this cafe staple, adding salted caramel sauce and a scoop of ice-cream.

Simple Breton pastry makes a lovely spongy base for these salted caramel apples. The spicy apple flavour works well with the French pastry's buttery richness. Recipe from Frank Camorra.

Simple Breton pastry makes a lovely spongy base for these salted caramel apples. The spicy apple flavour works well with the French pastry's buttery richness. Recipe from Frank Camorra.

These old-fashioned salted butter caramels can be made with any type of sugar and butter. Sprinkle the chewy toffees with salt flakes.

Caroline Velik CARAMEL recipes for Epicure and Good Living. Recipe titles to be confirmed. The Age Newspaper and The SMH. Photographed by Marina Oliphant, July 30

Salted caramel popcorn makes a great movie snack, or use as a garnish on cake, dessert, meringue, ice-cream or chocolate mousse.

Salted caramel popcorn makes a great movie snack, or use as a garnish on cake, dessert, meringue, ice-cream or chocolate mousse.

Jill Dupleix adds a pinch of salt to the caramel on this silky little Spanish flan. The wobbly baked custard is the Spanish equivalent of France's creme caramel - or should we say, creme 'sale' caramel.

Jill Dupleix adds a pinch of salt to the caramel on this silky little Spanish flan. The wobbly baked custard is the Spanish equivalent of France's creme caramel - or should we say, creme 'sale' caramel.

Salted caramel sauce is a classy addition to oat pancakes with roast strawberries. Recipe from Frank Camorra.

Salted caramel sauce is a classy addition to oat pancakes with roast strawberries. Recipe from Frank Camorra.

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