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ramekin

Noun

1 a cheese dish made with bread and egg crumbs that is baked and served in individual fireproof dishes [syn: ramequin]
2 a small fireproof dish used for baking and serving individual portions [syn: ramequin]

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Pronunciation

  • ˈɹæməkɪn

Noun

  1. a small glass or earthenware dish, often white and circular, in which food is baked and served

Extensive Definition

A ramekin is a small glazed ceramic serving bowl used for the preparation and serving of various food dishes.
With a typical volume of 2-8 oz, ramekins are common dishes used for serving crème brûlée, Molten chocolate cake, moimoi, cheese dishes, potted shrimps, ice cream, soufflé 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 or hearts.
thumb|leftRamekins are built to withstand high temperatures, as they are frequently used in ovens, or in the case of crème brûlée, are actually exposed to the flare of a cooking torch.
The name "Ramekin" is shared with the name of a cheese dish including bread crumbs and eggs, and is derived from the French ramequin.
ramekin in Catalan: Ramekin
ramekin in Spanish: Ramekin
ramekin in French: Ramequin (plat)
ramekin in Dutch: Ramekin
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