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http://www.steamykitchen.com/75-baking-the-perfect-loaf-of-french-bread.html

Now do a little “karate chop” lengthwise down the middle of the bread and stretch out the long ends again. Fold over in half. The karate chop helps get the middle tucked inside.

I didn't understand this "karate chop" thing. What exactly does it expect me to do after I fold the sides of the dough?

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In context, it means to press down with the blade of your hand, to facilitate folding into thirds:

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I put an orange line near the part of the hand you would press with.

This is not a standard culinary term, by the way—the recipe author is being cute.

In practice, you could use the handle of a wooden spoon, or press a little groove in with your fingers, as well.

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    Haha, it's not everyday you get to explain what a karate chop is on stack exchange. I really hope you were making karate noises while you were posting this
    – jalbee
    Commented Apr 17, 2013 at 1:00
  • Thanks for explanation. Now it seems I asked a too simple question! :( Commented Apr 17, 2013 at 5:43
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    No, it was a very strange usage in a recipe....
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Commented Apr 17, 2013 at 11:04

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