I use Jamie Oliver's recipe which is really good: http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/brea ... ead-recipe
Although i mix the salt into the flour first, then separately mix the dry yeast with the sugar and 1/2 the water and leave it for 5 min or so somewhere warm until it goes frothy ( i leave it next to the wood burner) , then add it in the well in the flour, bring in the flour from the sides and kneed by hand until the dough is nice and smooth.
As Odsox was saying, make sure you leave it to rise long enough to get the air in it so it's no dense.
I'v been making a lot of naan bread recently which i think turns out lighter than a loaf. I think the thing is with home made loafs is that you can never get it as light and airy as the supermarket ones because they add other stuff to it to make it like that.
My naan bread recipe is a no fail one, i don't even measure it and it always turns out well. In fact, i'v got some rising by the wood burner right now to make pizza for lunch :) Here's the recipe encase you're interested:
300g plain flour
1 tbsp sugar
1tbsp dry yeast
1tbsp baking powder
big pinch salt
3-4 big tbsp plain yogurt
3-4 tbsp oil
About 1/2 cup warm water
1. Mix the yeast, sugar and water together and leave for 5 minuets until frothy.
2. Mix the flour, salt and baking powder together on a clean table and make a well in the center.
3. In the well put the yogurt, oil and yeast mixture and mix together.
4. Bring in the flour from the sides to form the dough. It should be a sticky dough, it should be sticking to your hands and the table, if it's too dry add a little more warm water until it is the right consistency.
5.Put the dough in a lightly floured bowl, cover with cling flim and leave in a hot place ( i leave it next to the fire ) to rise until doubled in size.
6. When ready take out the bowl onto your floured surface and cut it into 6 equal pieces.( I use a pizza cutter to cut the dough easily.)
7. Gently shape the small pieces into rounds and flatten out with your hands, you can make a tear drop shape or any shape you like and they should be about 1/2cm thick.
8. Heat a frying pan or a big griddle pan like for pancakes, to a hot heat.
9. Lightly flour each side of the dough and place on the pan, cook for about 1 minuet until you see big bubbles forming and it's browning on the bottom, then flip it and cook a further minuet on the other side. The bubbles should burn slightly to form black spots on the bread.
10. And thats it! Serve it hot with anything in a sauce to mop up the sauce on your plate :) enjoy!