Combine 1/4 C warm water, sugar, and yeast. Let proof for 10 minutes.
Add flour, salt, and olive oil.
Mix in herbs, pepper and remaining water. Knead, I use my mixer with a bread hook and mix until the mixture is well combined and pulls away from the bowl.
Let rise covered with oil for 1 hour until the dough doubles in size.
Fold and shape into loaf. Let rise another hour.
Bake at 375 F for about 30 minutes until golden brown and makes a hollow noise when thumped on the bottom of the loaf.
While still hot brush or spray with oil and sprinkle generously with salt.
Allow to rest before cutting.