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 They were originally made of ceramics but have also been made of glass or porcelain, commonly in a round shape with an angled exterior ridged surface.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 22, 2012


Marrianne Westman
Stamped in black ink “Rörstrand Sweden Ugnsfast 12”
Large dished and handled pan  with trumpet handle angled upwards from fixing to exterior of bowl, closed end with pressure hole to underside of handle.  Hand painted leaf design to interior side of bowl.  Ribbed rings to base.  Clear gloss glaze to entire body
Very good.  No chips cracks or crazing.
“12” stamped to base
Production Date
Width at rim
Width at Base
Length (with handle)
Waverley Antique Market Oct 2012.
Rameking Reference Number
ROR 001

This ramekin was designed in 1954 by Marrianne Westman for Rorstrand, Sweden.  The pattern is from the extensive, popular and collectable “Picknick” range.  She was employed straight from college as a designer in 1950 and stayed until 1971.  The pattern was produced well into the 1960s.  The design is hand painted porcelain and is well made with no cracks or crazing.

“Rörstrand” was begun by Johann Wolff at Stora Rorstrand in Stockholm in 1726 to manufacture faience, a type of porous tin-glazed earthenware.  He signed an Association Contract as industry was encouraged to rebuild the country following the reign of Charles XII and eighteen years of expensive warfare.  The area was called "Rörstrand" because the clear lake shore was overgrown with reeds.  John had migrated from Denmark after getting the boot from a company he had founded in 1722.   

Wolff’s involvement ceased in 1729 and he was replaced by a local; Anders Ferdinand who had come over from Denmark with Johann.  I get the impression that Johann may not have been the best at both pottery and interpersonal relations.  Later, in 1790 Rorstrand began making flintware, and in 1881 began making feldspar china.   Flintware is a fine type of earthenware using mostly finely ground flint mixed with clay.  It actually sits somewhere between earthenware and poprcelain.  Rorstrand specializes in the manufacture of fine, genuine feldspar porcelain.  Mariebergs Porslinfabrik was acquired in 1782 then Rorstrand set up the Arabia factory in Finland to sell into the Russian market.

In 1926 the company moved from Stockholm to Gothenburg and again from Gothenburg to larger premises at Lidköping in 1936. In 1983 Rörstrand was bought by Arabia and in 1987 they merged with Gustavsbergs Porslinfabrik.  In 1990 Rorstrand were taken over by the Finnish Hackman Group.  Between 1960 and1990 Rörstrand had several owners, including Uppsala-Ekeby, Finnish Wärtsilä and Hackman and Gustavsberg .

Rörstrand is now part of Iittala, which has moved production to Sri Lanka and Hungary.   Iittala is a design company from Finland that specializes in housewares.  On 30 December 2005 the factory in Lidköping closed, ending almost 280 years of local manufacture. The former porcelain factory is now the Rörstrand Centre containing a museum, restaurant, art gallery and outlet store.  The museum contains one of the best collections of porcelain in Europe.

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