A ramekin or French: ramequin is a small glazed ceramic or glass serving bowl used for preparating and serving various food dishes. The word is from French (as ramequin), and before that Middle Dutch and Middle Low German.
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Ramekins usually have a volume of 50–250 ml (1.8–8.8 imp fl oz), and are dishes commonly used for serving a variety of dishes such as crème brûlée, French onion soup, Molten chocolate cake, moimoi, cheese or egg dishes, poi, potted shrimps, ice cream, soufflé, baked "cocottes", crumbles, or scallops or used to serve side garnishes and condiments alongside an entree.
Traditionally circular with a fluted exterior, ramekins can also be found in novelty shapes, such as flowers, hearts or stars.
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