Is there a verb or baker's term which describes the act of pressing dough with your fingertips to make dimples? Is there a more succinct way of expressing this action?
Is the term dimple the most appropriate?
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dimple v. to mark with or as if with dimples; produce dimples in
When preparing focaccia, what does "dimpling" mean?
To which the first response is:
Dimpling means pressing your fingers into the dough to create 'dimples.'
Indeed, this focaccia recipe instructs one to (emphasis mine):
Use the tips of your fingers to dimple the entire top of the focaccia.