To make the dough in a stand mixer: Combine the water, oil, yeast, salt, and honey in the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer. Fit the mixer with the paddle attachment. On low speed, gradually add enough flour to make a soft dough that cleans the sides of the bowl. Change to the dough hook. Mix on medium-low speed until the dough is supple and elastic, occasionally pulling the dough down as it climbs up the dough hook, about 8 minutes. Shape the dough into a ball.
To make the dough in a food processor: Add the flour, oil, yeast, salt, and honey to the bowl of a food processor fitted with the chopping blade. With the machine running, add enough of the water to make a ball that rides on top of the blade (it will take about 30 seconds of processing for the dough to reach this consistency). If the dough is too dry, add water, a tablespoon at a time, and process again. If the dough is too wet, add flour, a tablespoon at a time, and process again. One the ball has formed, process the dough until smooth, about 45 seconds. If the amount of dough strains the processor and it “walks,” divide the dough into two equal portions, process each for 45 seconds, then shape them together into a single ball.
To make the dough by hand: Combine the water, oil, yeast, salt, and honey in a large bowl. Stir in enough flour to make a stiff dough that can’t be stirred. Transfer to a floured work surface and knead, adding more flour as necessary, to make a soft, elastic dough, about 8 minutes. Shape the dough into a ball.