1 1/4 ounce package active-dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
1/8 teaspoon granulated sugar
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, or more as needed
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil plus additional for the bowl
1. Dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup of the water with the sugar in a small bowl and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
2. Place the flour and salt in a large bowl and make a well in the center. Stir the yeast mixture, remaining warm water, and oil into the well.
3. Work with your hands to form a dough, adding more flour if necessary. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth, elastic, and just past sticky, at least 5 minutes.
4. Let the dough rise in a lightly oiled bowl, covered with a towel, in a warm place for 2 hours, or until more than doubled in bulk.
Makes enough dough for 1 large pie