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 They were originally made of ceramics but have also been made of glass or porcelain, commonly in a round shape with an angled exterior ridged surface.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, January 12, 2015

Denby Studio

Kenneth Clark / Glyn Colledge
Denby - Langley
Stamped in black ink to base, “Denby Stoneware” in cartouche, 1 2 Made in England ½ Pint.
Glazed Stoneware
Gloss grey glaze mould formed bowl with dark brown vertical lines spaced at 15mm around top half of bowl exterior.  Extended trumpet handle with air hole to underside with eyebrow handle on opposite side.  Brown colour to exterior of rim and burnt-orange highlights on the end of knob and handles.  Unglazed foot ring, interior of bowl top and exterior rim of lid.  Steam hole in lid.
Very  good
Numbers 1 and 2 as part of back stamp
Production Date
Width at rim
Width at Base
Length (with handle)
Bowl 390gm, bowl 145gm
Red Cross, Hampstead Gardens S.A.
18th December 2014/
Rameking Reference Number
DEN 004

This pattern was called “Studio” made between 1963 and 1974, although some patterns were discontinued in 1970.  There were several different pieces made with this pattern.  This one is a grey casserole dish and lid.  It is decorated with dark brown vertical lines and orange highlights on the knobs and handles. Made in the same shape as Ode and Echo.  the shape was designed by Kenneth Clark (Kenneth Inman Carr Clark, ceramicist, born 31 July 1922; died 10 June 2012 aged 89) who also designed their “Gourmet” range introduced in 1957, a shape that was later used for “Studio”, as well as “Ode “(supposedly designed by Glyn Colledge) and “Echo” (which was a blue version of Ode).  For very good stories for more on Ken, see the obituaries in both the Telegraph and Guardian newspapers on line.

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