1. Make the dough
Put the water, sugar, yeast, flour and fine salt into the bowl of a mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. Mix on low speed for 5-6 minutes to form a stiff, elastic dough. If the dough is too stiff to come together in a mass, add up to 1/4 cup of extra water, a tablespoon at a time, until the dough is smooth rather than shaggy.
This step can be done by hand; bring the ingredients together in a large bowl, then knead on a clean counter for 8-10 minutes.