This recipe makes 3-4 loaves.
1 and a half cups of water
5 large egg yolks
1 and 1/8 teaspoons salt
1/3 cup oil
4 and 1/4 cups of flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 large egg, lightly beaten
(1 cup) chocolate chips**, (2 tablespoons) peanut butter, (1/2 cup) craisins and (1/4 cup) coconut shavings (recommended amount in parentheses but add according to your taste)
** chocolate chips can be milk, dark, white, parve or a combination depending on your preference and dietary restrictions!
Step 1: Activate the yeast by pouring it into a smaller bowl with 1/4 of warm water and leaving it out to sit for 15 min while you make the rest of the mix.
Step 2: Add flour, egg yolks, oil, sugar, salt, and the rest of the water in a large mixing bowl. When the yeast is ready (frothy) add that to the mix as well.
Step 3: Mix and knead the dough mixture in the large bowl.
Step 4: Allow the dough to rise in a warm place for at least an hour.
Step 5: When the dough has risen, you may separate the dough into 3-4 even amount and prepare to braid by creating three even strands.
Step 6: Flatten out the strands and add some peanut butter, chocolate chips, craisins and coconut to the very center of the flattened strands (leave room extra dough on either side of the special ingredients). Then close up the strands by bringing the extra dough flaps on either side around and pinching them together on top so that the special ingredients and completely covered and surrounded by the dough.
Step 7: Braid the (now loaded) strands.
Step 8: Brush the large beaten egg over the braided challah. You may add a few extra chocolate chips or coconut shavings on top of the egg washed challah for a garnish.
Step 9: If you can, allow the challah to rise for 10-20 min more on the preheating oven. Bake the challahs for around 30 mins at 350 degrees.
Step 10: Enjoy!