Italian Easter bread

This was my first successful bread-making experience! Cooking with yeast always made me nervous because I didn’t really understand what to do with it. I tried to make pizza crust once and definitely killed the yeast. It ended up being a little, dense brick of crust when it was done. But look! I MADE this with my HANDS!

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Crazy. I followed this great recipe: http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2012/04/04/italian-easter-bread-recipe/

I completely destroyed a couple of oranges in the process of zesting and juicing them.

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Rubbing the zest into the sugar was a lot easier than I expected.

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Heating the milk:

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Look at that puffy yeast! I was so amazed by this process.

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I was not so sure about the dough at this point. I just kept adding flour and stirring.

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Kneading! This part was really fun.

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That looks better:

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It was a bit difficult to shape the dough into the pretty braided circles.

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My bread didn’t come out looking perfect, but it still tasted good!

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I put the glaze on one and left the other plain. Both were delicious!

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