Ramekin is thought to come from a Dutch word for "toast" or the German for "little cream."




Ramequin, Ramekin dish.


(ramə kin)[RAM-ih-kihn]ræməkin


English Noun




A type of dish




French Ramequin from Low German ramken, diminutive of cream, circa 1706. middle Dutch rammeken (cheese dish) dialect variant of rom (cream), similar to old English ream and German rahm. Ancient French cookbooks refer to ramekins as being garnished fried bread.


1. A food mixture, (casserole) specifically a preparation of cheese, especially with breadcrumbs and/or eggs or unsweetened pastry baked on a mould or shell.

2. With a typical volume of 50-250 ml (2-8 oz), it is a small fireproof glass or earthenware individual dish similar in size and shape to a cup, or mould used for cooking or baking and serving sweet or savoury foods.

3. Formerly the name given to toasted cheese; now tarts filled with cream cheese.

4. A young child usually between the ages of 3 months and 11 years exhibiting a compulsion to force or "ram" their head into various objects and structures.

These days, a ramekin is generally regarded as a small single serve heatproof serving bowl used in the preparation or serving of various food dishes, designed to be put into hot ovens and to withstand high temperatures. They were originally made of ceramics but have also been made of glass or porcelain, commonly in a round shape with an angled exterior ridged surface. Ramekins have more lately been standardized to a size with a typical volume of 50-250 ml (2-8 ounce) and are now used for serving a variety of sweet and savoury foods, both entrée and desert.

They are also an attractive addition to the table for serving nuts,dips and other snacks. Because they are designed to hold a serving for just one person, they are usually sold in sets of four, six, or eight. Ramekins now are solid white, round, with a fluted texture covering the outside, and a small lip. Please bear in mind that whatever you ask for them on Internet auction sites, someone is still getting the same thing in an op shop for peanuts.

However, there are hundreds of decorative ramekins that came in a variety of shapes and sizes. They came in countless colours and finishes and many were made by our leading artists and ceramicists. My collection has ramekins with One handle only, fixed to the body at one point only. If it has no handle, it is a bowl. If it has two, it is a casserole dish. But the glory day of the Australian Studio Art ramekin is well and truly over. See some here, ask questions or leave answers.

P.S. Remember, just as real men don't eat quiche, real ramekins don't have lids or two handles. Also remember, two handles makes it a casserole dish. Also, please note If it aint got a handle, it's just a bowl.

P.P.S. To all you cretins who advertise your ramekins by associating them with "Eames" or "Eames Era". Get your hand off it, you are not kidding anyone. The Eames people have told me that they never made ramekins.

P.P.P.s To all the illiterates out there in cyberspace, just as there is no "I" in team, there is no "G" in Ramekin. I am the Rameking, they are ramekins.

If you have a set of Grandma's ramekins at the back of a kitchen cupboard, have a look through the site, maybe you will identify them. Thank-you for looking.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Cotton (Lord Nelson)

No, I have not forgotten that this is a site for Australasian Ramekins. These are locally made examples of Cotton, U.K.

Lord Nelson Pottery was a British pottery that specialized in the creation of jugs and other tableware. Lord Nelson Pottery was the trade name used by Elijah Cotton Ltd. He founded Lord Nelson Pottery, Hanley, Stoke on Trent in 1885 and closing in 1981. He was there for the opening but missed the closure. Cotton started using the brand "Nelson Ware" about 1913 and the use of the name seemed to stop in the 1950's. According to an 1893 journal the business was built on the site of a previous works founded in 1758. Elijah had commenced his career some years earlier and to meet the needs of his growing business was obliged to find larger works.

After his father's death, Elijah’s son Edward Cotton took the helm of the growing firm, then Arthur, Edward's younger brother later took that position and was assisted in his later years by son Nigel. Lord Nelson Pottery was and always will be celebrated for its creation of jugs. The company became the largest manufacturer of jugs in the world. They also made an extensive range of most kinds of earthenware. Exporting was a very important segment of their business. They exported their products to many countries, including included Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and the United States. In each country a leading local firm represented their interests. Lord Nelson Pottery remains a favourite among collectors.

In Australia, their designs for ramekins seem to be produced firstly by Lane, Kemp and Willis, (Lane) in Burwood, Victoria, then by Elischer. Some of the Wembley ramekins also used a similar design.

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