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 They were originally made of ceramics but have also been made of glass or porcelain, commonly in a round shape with an angled exterior ridged surface.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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Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Turi Gramstad-Oliver
Figgjo AS
Underglaze backstamed “Figgjo Flameware Décor: Tor Viking in Vulcanus quality Made in Norway on base
Small mould formed sauce pan with one piece handle to rim.  Blue matte glaze to exterior with grey matte glaze to interior with transfer print floral pattern to interior rim.  Unglazed flat circular base.  Small hole at end of hollowed handle and pouring spout moulded into top of rim.
Good, small, unglazed flea bite section to exterior.
12217 impressed to base.
Production Date
Early 1970s
Width at rim
Width at Base
Length (with handle)
Salvo Stores, Ferntree Gully
22 January 2015.
Rameking Reference Number

This ramekin / sauce-pan was made by Figgjo in Norway around the early 1970s.  Designed by Turi Gramstadt-Oliver, it is part of their Saupo range, known by the pattern name of Fitugo.  They regard it as an open saucepan.

Figgjo AS is a Norwegian porcelain manufacturing company founded in 1941 by Harald Lima and Sigurd Figved.  It is located in Figgjo near Stavanger in the municipality of Sandnes on the west coast of Norway near to a clay source.  An electricity plant set up in 1918 by the locals was also used to supply power.  It was set up near the Figgjo river, and was called Figgjo Kraftselskap AS, (Figgjo power company). Their first tunnel oven was set up in 1946, and is still in use. The company started producing faience in 1947 and changed name to Figgjo Fajanse in 1949.

 In 1946, after the Second World War, they employed Ragnar Grinsrud to head up the designers, including some from Finland for their products.  They began faience production in 1947.  The company took its current form in 1968 following the merger of Figgjo Fajanse AS.1941 with Stavangerflint AS (another popular maker of tablewares).  It was called Figgjo Flint until the production line in Stavanger closed in 1979. 

The company has a factory, museum and factory outlet at Figgjo. It specializes in vitrified china for the domestic and professional catering markets.  The underglaze backstamps FF, Figgjo Fajanse and Figgjo Flint are found on the company's products.  Today Figgjo AS has 180 employees and exports around the world.  Next time you have a chip butty at Wembley stadium, it may be served on Figgjo tableware.

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