Folding and smushing dough develops the gluten, which gives baked goods (like Hot Cross Buns) their chewy texture. You can use a stand mixer to knead, but it’s also an easy DIY (and triceps workout!). Follow these steps.
Sprinkle a clean work surface with flour. Form the dough into a disk, then use the heels of your hands to push down in the middle and stretch the dough away from you.
Rotate the dough counterclockwise by a quarter turn. Repeat the stretching, folding, and turning, dusting with flour if the dough sticks.