I am new to making pizzas. I got a stone a Christmas gift and used the recipe provided for the dough. Here it is
2 Teaspoons Dry yeast, rapid-rise or bread machine type
1 ½ Cups Warm water
4 ¼ Cups all-purpose flour
2 Teaspoons Salt
1 Teaspoon Sugar
2 Tablespoons Olive oil
Dissolve the yeast in the water, about 8 – 10 minutes. Combine flour, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour and
slowly work half of the yeast/water mixture in with your fingers. Add the olive oil and work in remaining yeast/water mixture. Add a little water if
the dough is too sticky to make the dough soft and smooth. Place dough onto a flat surface and knead vigorously for about 10 minutes – use a little
flour if it sticks. (First, push the dough away from you, then fold it back towards you, and repeat) Knead until the dough is smooth, elastic and has a
dull sheen. Alternatively, you can use the dough hook on your electric stand mixer for 7 – 8 minutes. Shape dough into a ball, and place it in a large,
clean bowl greased with olive oil. Turn dough to coat all sides. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp cloth; let the dough rise in a warm place until
doubled in size, about 1 hour.
The dough was ok but it was not airy at all. Can someone throw me a few hints or point me in the right direction?