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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?

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Is the term dimple the most appropriate?

  • To dimple (perhaps) :v.tr. to produce dimples in. thefreedictionary.com/dimple – user66974 Aug 5 '15 at 10:13
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    If you prick dough with a fork, that's called "docking." If you use your fingertips, that's called "dimpling. " answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100630123904AAaDDUK – user66974 Aug 5 '15 at 10:16
  • @Josh61 you know I don't like "answers" in comments. I'm also looking for a sentence with the verb being used. – Mari-Lou A Aug 5 '15 at 10:27
  • @ Io non capisco niente di cucina, anyway : Dimpling means pressing your fingers into the dough to create 'dimples.' . I thought it was an (too) easy question...or not?thefreshloaf.com/node/30866/… – user66974 Aug 5 '15 at 10:30
  • @Josh61 I didn't know "dimple" was also a verb! I should have checked. – Mari-Lou A Aug 5 '15 at 10:36
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dimple v. to mark with or as if with dimples; produce dimples in


A user on a recipe exchange forum asks:

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.

  • Bravo! I very much like the sentence suggested too. I doubt anyone else will come up with something better. – Mari-Lou A Aug 5 '15 at 10:39
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    You may be interested to know that "to dimple" is not a recent "verbing" of the noun. I've found it in "The Wonders of the Peake" from 1683! books.google.co.uk/… from 1683 – Phil M Jones Aug 5 '15 at 12:39
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    And even earlier, a play acted in 1599, but printed in 1616: "Every Man Out of His Humour", by Ben Jonson. books.google.co.uk/… – Phil M Jones Aug 5 '15 at 13:03

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