Combine ¼ cup of the warm water with the yeast and allow it to sit for 10 minutes and then stir.
Combine the yeast and the rest of the warm water with the next 5 ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until mixed well.
If mixing dough by hand, stir thoroughly adding flour a little at a time until all of it is incorporated. Turn dough out onto a floured board and cover with a cloth and allow it to rest about 20 minutes. Have 1/4 to 1/3 cup of flour nearby to incorporate into the dough if necessary while kneading the dough. Knead the dough about 10 minutes.
If using a kitchen aid mixer combine ingredients with the paddle and after adding half the flour take off the paddle attachment and put on the dough hook and continue adding the flour, about ½ cup at a time, until it is all incorporated. You can add another ½ cup of flour if necessary to stiffen the dough a little and let the kitchen aid continue to knead the dough about 5 minutes. Turn out onto a floured board and cover and rest the dough for 20 minutes.