Definition of overbake in English:



[with object]
  • 1Bake too much or for too long.

    ‘take care not to overbake them; their centres should remain soft and chewy’
    • ‘I overbaked mine a little bit so it dried out just a bit - still good, but I bet it'd have been even better if I had taken it out of the oven five minutes earlier.’
    • ‘Two hours later Shelley glumly rescued her over-baked potato from the oven, grated some Red Leicester over it and ate at the kitchen table.’
    • ‘Both dishes looked as though they had been warmed up in the microwave and the dough balls were over-baked.’
    • ‘I was nervous because they weren't turning brown and I didn't want to overbake them.’
    • ‘Be sure to check the loaves during the last fifteen minutes or so of baking so they don't overbake.’
    • ‘My chicken empanadas were dry as prunes, though, and the mustard aioli on a helping of overbaked patatas had the consistency of crank-case oil.’
    • ‘One side of the meatball was a bit overbaked.’
    • ‘I might have overbaked them a bit, but they still had a very soft and velvety, melt-in-the-mouth texture.’
    • ‘It's difficult to test the cookies for doneness while they're still hot, but they're fairly resistant to overbaking.’
    • ‘Be careful that you don't over-bake the pie or it will be "rubbery".’
    • ‘Maybe there'll be a bowl of ready salted crisps and a selection of over-baked fatty parcels plus a token lump of fruit to round off the whole culinary non-event.’
    • ‘Overbaking makes them dry.’
    overcook, burn, burn to a cinder, burn to a crisp
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  • 2Do (something) to excess; exaggerate.

    ‘are we in the national news media overbaking this thing just a bit?’