your experience and advice is much appreciated
Dude, as someone who has just started baking, I would HIGHLY recommend Peter Reinhart's Bread Bakers Apprentice. It is so informative. I just did some cinnamon rolls that used a brioche bread base, and I didn't find it difficult. Here is why I recommend trying something like a brioche(more specifically, Reinhart's brioche recipe)
1) You get to learn how to make a sponge(or a starter).
2) You learn what it means to "retard" the dough.
3) You get to use the Bertinet Method of kneading(it's not discussed in the book, but it is highly recommended for sweet breads and a demonstration can be found on youtube)
4) It gives you the opportunity to either practice making cinnamon rolls or crafting the brioche shape if you decide not to make cinnamon rolls.
Though it is a very sticky dough, I think that if you succeed in working it correctly it will give you a lot of confidence in moving forward. It was very fun for me!
*Side note: Although the blog Foodwishes primarily focuses on savory dishes, he actually has a fair amount of desserts and has the most informative videos on how to make them. Seriously, if you haven't heard of this blog, check it out! He must have a thousand videos, and he's pretty hilarious too! Great stuff :).
Best of luck,