SUMMER PIZZA.

Summer Pizza

Labor Day?!

This summer did not even happen.

I’m not convinced it was real…

Seriously, where did the time go?

Summer Pizza

Labor day has always been somewhat bittersweet to me.

I’m sure you know by now how much I absolutely LOVE summer. It is, without a doubt, my favorite season. So every year when labor day rolls around, I know that my warm, bright, sunshine filled days are coming to an end.

BUT! As hard as it is for me to kiss summer goodbye, I am always really ready for fall. Crisp, refreshing air, pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin spiced everything else, leaves changing, comfy sweaters, fun scarves, warm apple cider, oysters, pumpkin patches, and of course…thanksgiving! So, in many ways labor day does get me very excited to ring in the next season.

Summer Pizza

Before I am willing to kiss summer goodbye for good, I need a few last hurrahs! And this pizza definitely does the trick.

I drool over this refreshing, but hearty slice of summertime.  It is the perfect way to celebrate the bright and colorful flavors that summer offers. Fresh tomatoes, corn, and basil bring a bright and slightly sweet aspect to balance out the tangy, creamy goat cheese and crunchy, smokey bacon. All on top of my favorite homemade dough stuffed with honey, olive oil, more basil, and garlic.

It is the ultimate combination. And I promise you, it makes saying goodbye to summer a tad easier.

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SUMMER PIZZA

1 tablespoon active dry yeast

1 1/8 cups warm water

1 1/2 tablespoons honey

1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for drizzling

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon dried basil

3/4 cup pizza sauce

1 cup mozzarella cheese

8 ounces goat cheese

1 large tomato, diced

2/3 cup chopped onion

1 cup frozen corn, thawed

2/3 cup cooked, chopped bacon

1/4 cup fresh, chopped basil

In a large bowl, combine yeast, water, honey and olive oil. Stir with a spoon, then let it rest for 10 minutes, until it gets foamy.

Next, add flour, salt, garlic powder, and dried basil.  Mix with a spoon until the dough comes together, but is still slightly sticky.

Using your hands, knead the dough for a few more minutes then form into a ball.  Drizzle the dough with olive oil, turning to coat the entire ball.

Cover the bowl with a towel and put in a warm place to rise for about 1 1/2 hours, until the dough doubles in size.

Preheat oven to 375.  Line a baking sheet or pizza pan with non-stick foil.

After the dough has risen, punch it down and place it on the lined baking sheet or pizza pan.  Using a floured rolling pin or your hands, form the dough into your desired shape. Place the towel back over the dough and let sit in the warm place for 10 more minutes.

Uncover your dough, and spoon the pizza sauce evenly over the dough. Sprinkle with cheeses, tomatoes, onions, corn, bacon, and basil.

Bake the pizza for 15-20 minutes, until crust and cheese are both golden. Cut into slices and devour that deliciousness!

TINA’S TIP: I am a huge fan of basil and also cracked black pepper! If you want to take your slice to the next level, sprinkle your fresh out of the oven pizza with more fresh chopped basil and sprinkle with pepper. SO GOOD.

Summer Pizza

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