cheese pizza with bacon & basil

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    Cheese Pizza with Bacon & Basil with homemade pizza crust recipe for the best homemade pizza.


    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

    Cheese Pizza with Bacon & Basil with homemade pizza crust recipe for the best homemade pizza!
    Prep Time: 2 hrs 30 mins
    Cook Time: 25 mins
    Total Time: 2 hrs 55 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 1 pizza
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    For the dough

    • 1 cup warm water
    • 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

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  • Janet says:

    holy yum – and I’m not even a huge fan of bacon!

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray says:

    Aaaand now I am craving pizza at 9:18 a.m. Curse you! ;)

    • Julie says:

      you mean pizza at 9:18am isn’t kosher?! well, darn! ;)

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

    I’ve never made my own pizza crust either. I buy the bags of dough from trader joe’s, (like 10 at a time and hoard them in my freezer). I can’t take the anxiety of the can kind. They make me scream too!
    You had me at bacon with this pizza.

  • Kathryn says:

    I love making home made pizza dough – it’s about the only yeast based product that I’ve ever had any luck with. Also love the toppings on this – bacon and basil? Yum!

  • Heather says:

    That pizza looks delicious! I am such a wimp with those exploding cans too! I do the same thing (or I just make my husband open them!)

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    looks absolutely delicious! isn’t homemade pizza just the best?

    • Julie says:

      yes, ma’am it is!!

  • stephanie says:

    Oh, that looks super yummy! I can’t wait to try that! We make pizza at least once a month – my hubby makes a really great pizza dough! :)

  • Samantha says:

    hahaha, yeast killer. I’m afraid I’ll be the same way so I haven’t attempted anything with yeast….even something like no kneed bread. I’m scared… This looks fan-freaking-tastic though.

  • Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos says:

    We love homemade pizza at our house! This one looks incredible…I love bacon. We have a store in our area that sells frozen pizza dough. So when I don’t feel like making my own, I can pull it from the freezer to thaw and it tastes super close to homemade.

  • Cassie says:

    I love homemade pizza. I want this NOW!

  • Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray (soon to be Rachel Cooks) says:

    Pizza perfection!

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

    Mmm, pizza! I looooove the canned pizza dough but sometimes you gotta do the real thing. Love that you used bacon on here – it’s definitely underused in the pizza world.

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I love bacon on a pizza! Now i wish I had dough ready to go.

    • Julie says:

      haha, your comment cracked me up cause it rhymed. I’m sure it wasn’t intentional but I thank you for the chuckle you gave me!

  • Tracey says:

    Congrats on your first successful homemade pizza dough! It looks like it turned out perfectly. Bacon on pizza is a total win in my book, and I’d absolutely eat it for breakfast!

  • Skye (Skye Loves...) says:

    Nothing beats homemade pizza. And the bacon is a fabulous addition.

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    Oh this is the best looking pizza I’ve ever seen. OMGGGG.

  • Aggie says:

    I haven’t mastered pizza dough. It’s ridiculous!
    Your pizza is beautiful!!

  • Lemanie says:

    This pizza looks soo good!!! I love making homemade pizza! I’m so lucky to have a great bakery that sells a lb of pizza dough for a dollar each about 10 minutes from me!! =)

    I gotta put bacon on mine next time…. =)

  • Anne says:

    Have you ever had a BOB pizza? It is Bacon, Onion and Black Olive. Yum!

  • Villy @ For the love of Feeding says:

    This looks exactly like the type of pizza dough I love. The thickness is perfect for my taste! Beautiful! Pinned and WILL be tried!
    By the way, your blog looks so pretty!

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