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Definition: Usually egg whites or whipped cream are folded into a heavier mixture, for a souffle, cake, or pie filling. The lighter mixture is placed on top of the heavier mixture, then the two are combined by passing a spatula down through the mixture, across the bottom, and up over the top. This process continues until the mixtures are combined. This traps air into bubbles in the product, allowing baked goods to rise.

Pronunciation: fold • (verb)

Examples: The stiffly beaten egg whites were carefully folded into the cheese sauce to make the souffle base.

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