A bowl-like container made of ceramic or other heat-resistant material, usually with straight sides. 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 usually has a carmelized top made of sugar heated directly from above with a direct flame, although I make it without that top in this version.) Ramekins are also useful for serving small amounts of nuts, olives and other appetizers.