Spices may seem simple to use to those not well acquainted with their variety and their power to recreate, modify, beautify and enhance a meal, but they represent a whole universe of culinary weaponry which can be used in unlimited ways.
Spices are added to sweet, savory and salty dishes and although most of us know the spices used in everyday meals, we are not aware of how they can change a meal. For example, oregano is used in a lot of authentic Italian culinary recipes. Its smell instantly reminds me of Italy. But, when it comes to a delicious authentic Italian pizza, should we use oregano in the dough itself or simple sprinkle it on top?
What is the difference? Each spice lets out its unique smell, oil and flavor under heat, and if the spice of your selection is used in the dough it will significantly enhance the flavor, maybe even too much.
This gives me tons of ideas for using spices in homemade breads, but it also requires using good measurements so that you do not spoil the taste and quality of the dough or bread.
Most authentic Italian pizza recipes do not include the spice in the dough, but that is not necessarily so and it should be a rule to follow in your creation of the perfect dough. Sometimes the spcies simply melt perfectly in your mouth even if they are sprinked on top, and sometimes they are too chewy and you feel like spitting them out.
So, try not to lose balance in your search for the perfect dough, since it is the thing to guide you to the perfect dish.