over·​bake ˌō-vər-ˈbāk How to pronounce overbake (audio)
overbaked; overbaking

transitive + intransitive

: to bake for too long or at too high a temperature
Cover crust with foil to prevent it from overbaking.Arthi Subramaniam
Don't overbake the cookies.

Examples of overbake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More than a few were overbaked on the outside and straight up raw in the middle. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2023 Use a light-colored pan for this recipe, a darker pan may overbake the cake due to getting too hot. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 7 Sep. 2023 If your quiche is firm, spongy, or separated, it may be overbaked. Melissa Gray, Southern Living, 30 Aug. 2023 The sweet potato makes this a forgiving dough, so even if slightly overbaked, the crumb still will be moist and tender. Christopher Kimball, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Apr. 2023 If the edges become dark brown, they are overbaked. Bhg Test Kitchen, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Apr. 2023 Take care not to overbake. Charlotte Druckman, WSJ, 1 Feb. 2023 Be careful not to overbake. Julia O'Malley, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Mar. 2022 Don’t overbake your banana bread. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 1 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overbake was in 1598

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“Overbake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overbake. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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