In a mixer bowl, whisk together water, yeast, and sugar. Let stand a couple of minutes to allow yeast to dissolve. Briskly whisk in in oil, malt and one cup of flour. Add salt, then most of remaining flour, kneading 10-12 minutes to make a very stiff dough, adding in more flour if required.
Cover with a tea towel and let dough rest on a board about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, line two large