Dissolve yeast in warm milk. Add sugar,orange juice, zest,salt,butter,eggs,and half of the flour.Mix well with electric mixer heavy hook attachment.Add the rest of the flour a 1/2 cup at a time.Mix for 5 minutes on medium speed.
Place in a greased bowl,cover with a towel, and let it rise until it's double in size which would take about 1 1/2 hours.
Turn the dough on a floured surface and roll into 12 by 10 inch rectangles.Cut into 10 by 1 inch strips,roll lightly, and tie into knots.You can make some pieces smaller that are 6 inches long and a 1/2 inch thick (I made some).
Place on prepared baking sheet, let it rise to double the size, and wait another 1/2 hour.Glaze with a lightly beaten egg and sprinkle with poppy seeds, almonds, or sugar.
Bake in an oven preheated to 400 degrees F for 12 minutes until golden brown.