Nothing screams “it’s the weekend” like a gigantic pizza and 6-pack of beer. I instituted “Pizza Fridays” in my house sometime in mid-2017, and I haven’t looked back. It’s become a great way to celebrate the weekend with friends and family. Rather than ordering in delivery, I like to make my own pies. When I began Pizza Fridays, I purchased pre-made pizza dough—either uncooked or pre-cooked—from the grocery store. Then I realized, wait… I can just do this myself.
Homemade pizza dough is quick, easy, and very affordable. You likely have everything you need sitting in your pantry right now. Making my own pizza dough also feels good. I’m manufacturing every part of this freaking pizza, and the whole thing tastes amazing. I love the process of kneading the dough and watching it rise. Plus, pizza dough will keep in your refrigerator for up to a week; if you don’t have time to let the dough rise on a Friday afternoon, you can prepare it in advance.
If you’re going to make your own pizza, I recommend doing it on a weekend before trying to pull this off on a weekday. Though the dough takes just a few minutes to make, you’ll need between 1.5 and 2 hours to let it properly rise. Once you get the hang of it, I recommend whipping everything together the moment you step into your home after the Friday work day. Until then, stick to Pizza Saturdays.
- 5 cup water (~100 degrees Fahrenheit)
- 2 teaspoons yeast
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 5-4 cups all-purpose flour
- Pour 1.5 cup water into a large mixing bowl. The suggested temperature is approximate; test it with your finger under the faucet. If it feels slightly warm, you’re in the ballpark.
- Add yeast to warm water, stir with wooden spoon, and let sit for three minutes.
- Add olive oil, sugar, salt, and garlic powder to yeasty water. Stir to combine.
- Add flour in ½ cup-1-cup increments, stirring to combine as you go.
- When the mixture becomes too tough to combine with the spoon, switch to your hands. Knead the dough for 3-5 minutes, until the dough no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl.
- Wipe down the sides of your mixing bowl with a bit of oil and cover the dough with a cloth. Set aside in a warm, dark place, like your pantry, for 1.5-2 hours.
- When you’re ready to cook the pizza, take a moment to “burp” the dough. Punch it down several times, knead for 30 seconds, then let sit for 15 minutes. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
- Roll out dough and add preferred toppings, saving your cheese for later. Place in oven and let cook for 20-25 minutes. Once edges begin to brown, add the cheese and let cook for 3-5 more minutes. Remove and serve!