In the bucket, mix the yeast, salt, eggs, honey, melted butter, and water. Add the flour and stir using a heavy wooden spoon. The dough should be loose, but it will firm up when it chills. Any lumps in the dough will disappear in the finished breads. Cover (not airtight) and rest at room temperature for about 2 hours, until the dough has risen and collapsed or at least flattens slightly on top.
Chill with the lid on for up to 5 days. If you want to keep it longer, you can freeze in 1-pound portions for up to 4 weeks. Thaw frozen dough in the refrigerator for 24 hours before using, then follow directions in the recipe for resting and rising.
Make the Bread
Flour your hands. In the bucket, dust the surface of the dough with flour and cut away a 1-1/2 pound (cantaloupe size) piece. Dust the piece with more flour and shape quickly into a ball. Stretch the surface of the dough as you work it in a circle in your hands, pulling the dough underneath to create a smooth taut surface. Use a rolling to roll the dough into a 1/2-inch thick rectangle. Use just enough flour to keep the dough from sticking, but avoid working extra flour into the dough or it will be dry.
Sprinkle the chopped chocolate and prunes over the rolled dough, staying about 1/2 inch away from the edges. Roll the dough, pressing with your hands as you go to work the prunes and chocolate into the dough. Some pieces may poke through the dough, and that’s ok.
Dampen your hands with water and form the dough into a loaf shape. Place it in the prepared pan and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Allow to rise at room temperature for 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Place rack in center of the oven and preheat to 350º F. Just before baking, brush the dough with the egg wash and sprinkle sugar on top.
Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until firm. Adjust time as necessary for a smaller or larger loaf. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack before slicing.
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