The fact that this is covered in bacon makes me want to face plant into this.
I’m sure you wouldn’t mind having this for breakfast, right?
I hadn’t made pizza in a while and I was seriously craving some homemade pizza. Problem was, I didn’t have pizza dough. Yes, yes, I was the type of person who would use the pizza crusts from the can. Did I mention how much I HATE those things? I literally stand 5 feet away from the can and stick a knife into one of the seams and every time, no fail, I scream when it pops. Gah!
I’ve been meaning to try to make my own pizza dough for a while but I’m still weary about yeast. I swear I’m a yeast killer.
Homemade pizza dough has always been on my list because I know how much better it must be and everything. So one morning, I decided I was going to do it! I prepped the water and the yeast and 5 minutes later, the yeast was dead. Well, bummer. Luckily, I had one more envelope packet of yeast but there was no way I was going to kill the yeast as I was seriously craving homemade pizza. So who do I holler at? My momma. She was already on her way over anyway to drop off some stuff but I asked her to come up to help me with the yeast. Lo-and-behold, she activates the yeast instead of killing it like her daughter. Hooray!
Fast forward 4 hours or so and I have the most beautiful dough just rising in a bowl. And then I made pizza with it and I was super happy. I swear it wasn’t because of the bacon covered pizza. Conclusion: homemade pizza dough is a life changer. Please don’t be like me and use canned dough. Unless you’re in a pinch, but even then, it’s still worth it to make your own :)
Cheese Pizza with Bacon & Basil
Yield: 1 12″ pizza
For the dough:
1 cup warm water (110 degrees)
2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp. active dry yeast or instant yeast
2 tbsp. honey
3 tbsp. olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. salt
For the pizza:
3/4 cup homemade or store bought marinara sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
5 slabs of bacon, browned and diced into small pieces
Handful of basil, chopped
- For the dough, combine the yeast and salt into a bowl of a stand mixer. Next add the honey and then warm water. Let the stand mixer combine it all with the dough hook then let it sit for 5 minutes to proof.
- When ready, add the olive oil and 1 cup of flour. Let it fully combine before adding the other cup. Then add the last 1/4 cup of flour and let the mixer run until a dough is formed and no longer sticking to the sides of the bowl.
- Take the dough out and knead on a flat, lightly floured, countertop for 5 minutes. Then place it back in the bowl of a stand mixer and cover it with plastic wrap and put it in a warm, draft-free place for 2 hours.
- Once dough has doubled in size, pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
- Start rolling out the dough on a floured surface and forming a circle the size of your pizza pan. Use your fingers to gently stretch the dough while turning it.
- When finished with your pizza dough, pour the marinara sauce on top and spread it evenly on the pizza. Then sprinkle cheese, bacon, and basil on top.
- Pop in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is bubbly.
- Serve hot, but be careful not to burn the roof of your mouth!
Dough recipe from Kayotic Kitchen otherwise, Table for Two original.