The Secret Recipe Club, Homemade Thin Crust Pizza with Bacon and The Fearless Homemaker

homemade thin crust pizza

Homemade thin crust pizza

The Secret Recipe Club,

Homemade Thin Crust Pizza with Bacon


The Fearless Homemaker

The Secret Recipe Club

Meet Amy, my lovely secret partner from The Secret Recipe Club for September! She writes over at Fearless Homemaker and I loved looking through her blog! Amy says…….”welcome to fearless homemaker! i’m amy, + this blog chronicles my journey navigating the world of homemaking – cooking, crafting, hosting parties, + of course, cocktailing. i’m not a professional chef, baker, or crafter. i’m self-taught, which means that there are plenty of mishaps + mistakes along the way (although the cocktailing makes it easier to take those things in stride). my culinary adventures have proved especially interesting as i was a vegetarian for seven years, until i finally succumbed to the cruel temptation that is bacon”…….

homemade thin crust pizza {the best EVER!}

homemade thin crust pizza {the best EVER!}

Amy had some lovely recipes, and I was very tempted with her slow-cooker pulled porkslow-cooker chicken tikka masala and healthier chicken + white bean chili {slow-cooker}……….but, it was her homemade thin crust pizza that I decided to make, as it was for a light, late summer lunch with a glass of wine, sat outside on the terrace and probably the last time until next year! I collect pizza base recipes, I have lots, including my own, and it is the thin crust ones that I particularly love. Amy says…..“i’ve made many different pizza dough recipes in the past, but this one? is truly amazing – my absolute favorite + THE BEST i’ve tried. really! it’s so easy to prepare, requires ZERO rising time, + takes less than 10 minutes to bake from start to finish. the result? a light, crisp, flavorful pizza crust that provides the perfect base for whatever toppings fit your fancy”……..I agree! 

homemade thin crust pizza

Homemade thin crust pizza

The recipe was easy to follow and I was rewarded with exactly what Amy promised, a thin crusty based pizza with a tasty herb enriched dough! I topped mine with cream cheese, bacon (lardons) and some finely diced onions. Amy’s recipe is posted below, but PLEASE do give her a visit! I am a bit limited with photos, as I only managed to snap two photos before we all dived into the pizzas – I made two pizza bases from her recipe, which was perfect for the four of us, and we all loved them…….another perfect Secret Recipe Club recipe, and another new friend! Karen

Homemade Thin Crust Pizza Recipe

(Fearless Homemaker)

makes TWO 12″ pizzas, adapted from the kitchn


for the dough:
3/4 cups (6 ounces) of water
1/2 teaspoon of active-dry yeast (if using instant yeast, you don’t need to dissolve it during the first step)
2 cups (10 ounces, by weight) unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp kosher salt
optional: 1/2 tsp italian seasoning (or any dried herbs of your choice) – i like to work herbs into the dough, but it’s wonderful without the herbs, too – your choice!

for the toppings:
your choice – go wild! here’s what it takes two of the pizzas pictured above:
1/2 cup marinara sauce (1/4 cup per pizza), either homemade or store-bought
3 cups of cheese (1.5 cups per pizza) – i used a blend of mozzarella + asiago
1 thinly sliced tomato, about 6 slices on each pizza
12 basil leaves, chopped, divided between the two pizzas


making the dough:
about 30 minutes to 1 hour before baking, preheat the oven to 500 degrees. if you have a baking stone, put it on a rack in the lower-middle part of the oven before preheating.

in a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, heat the water until it feels barely lukewarm when you test it with your finger (if the water is so hot that you can’t leave your finger in it, wait for it to cool down). add the yeast to the water + use a fork or whisk to stir it into the water. set this aside for a few minutes + allow the yeast to dissolve. it’s ok if the yeast doesn’t bubble, but it should be entirely dissolved.

measure out the flour into a large mixing bowl. add the salt + dried italian seasoning/herbs (if using) + use your hand or a whisk to combine.

make a well in the center of the flour + pour in the water-yeast mixture. use your fingers or a wooden spoon to combine everything together.

when it comes together into a cohesive ball, turn it out onto the counter along with any extra flour in the bowl that hasn’t yet gotten worked in.

knead the dough until all the flour is incorporated + the dough is smooth/elastic to the touch–about five minutes. the dough should still feel moist + just slightly tacky. if it’s sticking to your hands + counter-top like bubble gum, work in more flour one tablespoon at a time until it’s smooth + silky.

divide the dough in two.

shaping the dough:
tear off two pieces of parchment paper roughly 12-inches wide. work one piece of the dough in your hands + form it into a large disk. lay the disk of dough on the parchment paper.

working from the middle of the dough outwards, use the heel of your hand to gently press the dough outward until it’s about 1/4 of an inch thick or less. you can also use a rolling pin for this part. we like to make free form pies, but if you’d like a circular pie, you can trace a large circle on the back of the parchment to use as a guide.

repeat with the second piece of dough.

note: The dough will stick to the parchment paper, making it easier for you to roll out. you’ll bake the pizza right on the parchment paper. as it cooks, the dough will release from the parchment, + you can slide the paper out before serving.

topping + baking the dough:
spoon ONLY the sauce into the center of each pizza + use the back of a spoon to spread it out to the edges.

using a bread peel or the backside of a baking sheet, slide your pizza (still on the parchment) onto the baking stone in the oven. if you don’t have a baking stone, just bake it right on the baking sheet.

bake for about 5 minutes, then rotate the pizza 180-degrees (most ovens have ‘hot spots’ + your pizza will bake unevenly if it’s not rotated). bake for another 3 minutes, then sprinkle the cheese + any other toppings over the top. bake for another 2-3 minutes until the edges are golden brown and crispy. if you like your cheese browned slightly, broil for a minute or so.

remove your pizza from oven + let it cool on a wire rack. at this point, you can slide the parchment paper out from under the pizza. repeat with second pizza.

let both pizzas cool for about five minutes + serve.

Photo from Fearless Homemaker


    • says

      Aw, thanks so much! I was SO upset when I realised my post had not posted as scheduled, and I was also sad not to be able to take more photos of the lovely pizza using your great recipe! It was a pleasure to meet you through SRC and I just love your blog! Karen

  1. says

    Wow! No rise time! Love that…my boys love pizza but I don’t make it as often since by the time I realize I want to make it it’s almost time for lunch which mean no time for making the dough. This is a definite must try and a great SRC pick!

  2. says

    I love Amy & her blog, she’s one of the sweetest people that I’ve ‘met’ through blogging and I am so happy to see that you loved her blog too. This pizza looks delicious; I love a good home made crust!

  3. says

    I think thin-crust is the only way to go for pizza, I have my own recipe that I use at home but I’m intrigued by the no-rise time with this one! I think I’ll be giving it a try. Love the flavours that you’ve used on yours – similar to the Tarte flambée from Alsace, delicious!

    • says

      Thanks Katharine, that is exactly what I was basing my pizza toppings on, a Tarte flambée from Alsace, which is one of my favourite pizza style bread bakes! The no-rise method worked perfectly and the crust was light and crisp. Karen

  4. Sally Carter says

    This is a lovely recipe for a Saturday night in – I can prepare the bases with the tomato sauce and then each person can put their own toppings on, according to personal taste. And the smell of the pizzas baking is divine. Thanks for this recipe.

  5. Lisa Williams says

    its so good to have home made dough de-mystified and it looks tasty too I can’t wait to try it! Thank you

  6. Fiona Matters says

    Looks like I’m finding your pizza recipes today! This is more how I make my pizza – very thin. I’m always debating cooking the sauce first and I think I may do that next time. Really in the mood for a pizza now!


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