I'm looking for a word which describes the act of putting all your ingredients together and cooking them one final time as a way to sort of finalize a meal.
An example is Lasagna. First you cook all the individual parts, but then the final step involves assembling the pieces together and baking them for a while so that the dish holds together better, the flavors mix a bit, and there's also some browning.
In the abstract, I'm thinking about the construction of objects which have many components that are processed individually then brought together for a final collective refinement. Is there a word for this last sort of finishing one does to a bunch of individually finished components?
P.S. I think another example of this, not from cooking, would be "mastering" in the context of music production. That is the final phase where all the tracks are brought together and made to sound like a more cohesive whole rather than a bunch of individual pieces.