cheese pizza with bacon & basil

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

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    The fact that this is covered in bacon makes me want to face plant into this.

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    I’m sure you wouldn’t mind having this for breakfast, right?

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    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
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    Ingredients

    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

    Instructions

    • 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!

    Notes

    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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