Weeknight Pizza Dough

pizza dough

This is my really easy homemade dough I make for our weekly pizza nights. When I am home for lunch I throw all the ingredients into my mixer and let the dough hook knead it.  It rises until I get home from work then it gets rolled out, topped and baked!

I have had the best luck with King Arthur unbleached all purposed flour. In the mixer I put 1 3/4 cups of flour, 1 tablespoon instant yeast, 1 teaspoon kosher salt.  I set the dough hook to medium and pour in 3/4 cup warm tap water.  I let it mixer together on medium speed until it starts to come together and then turn it to low and let it go about 5 minutes.

dough mixing

After 5 minutes the dough should be formed and it will have climbed up the dough hook.  Sometimes I have to add a little more water or a little more flour.  I like it to feel like a whole dough ball but be a little sticky.  Then I take it out and shape into a ball and drop it into a bowl with a little olive oil in the bottom and cover with plastic wrap.  It sits on the counter like that about 4.5 hours until I get back home.

dough rising

By this time it has risen and I dump it onto the counter with more flour and reshape into ball letting is sit again under a kitchen towel while I get my pizza ingredients ready.

dough ball

Next it is time to roll it out.  I flour the surface of counter and top of dough and roll in flat, then I pick it up like a champion and toss into the air until it is size desired.  Usually about 12 inches for this recipe although I have never measured it.  Once it is the right size I let it sit again for 5 minutes then transfer to my pizza peel and poke the center with a fork to prevent bubbling.

It is now ready to top and bake!

Weeknight Pizza Dough
Recipe Type: Dough
Author: Blogging with Apples
Prep time: 5 hours
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 5 hours 10 mins
Serves: 1
An easy weeknight homemade pizza dough!
  • 1 3/4 Cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • extra flour for dusting and rolling
  1. In mixer with dough hook attachment mix flour, yeast and salt on medium speed.
  2. Add water and continue mixing until combined.
  3. Turn mixer down to med-low and let it knead dough for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from bowl, shape into ball and place in bowl covered with plastic wrap to rise 4-5 hours.
  5. Remove from bowl and reshape and allow to riser again 15-20 minutes.
  6. Roll into shape desired and let rest another 5 minutes.
  7. Transfer to pizza peel, prick center with fork.
  8. Top and bake!


Jeff McIntosh

About Jeff McIntosh

Jeff's family lives in his childhood home on a 1/4 acre in town lot. Despite the small space to work with, they have challenged ourselves to produce as much of our own food as possible — and cook it! They document their journey at Blogging with Apples.