A bowl-like container made of ceramic or other heat-resistant material. Ramekins come in different sizes. The ones below are white - a traditional French style. They can be used for baking and withstand the heat of a kitchen blow torch for creme brulee. (That dessert has a carmelized top made of sugar heated directly from above with a direct flame.) Ramekins are also useful for serving small amounts of nuts, olives and other appetizers.