Bread baking mojo, where have you gone??
I think I followed the recipe exactly. I bought a cloche (from Daniel's Rustic Bread in Canada) and a stone (from Amazon). I read the instructions and reread them about four times and this is what I got:
My dough was unbelievably rigid (even though it rose as it was supposed to) and the gluten just never relaxed. I was afraid it would burn out the motor in my KitchenAid because it kept jamming up. It was as dense and inedible as any of the loaves that caused my fear of yeast. When the recipe called for stretching the dough and showed how supple it was, I knew I was on the wrong track, but I didn't know how to rescue it.
Be sure to check out the other members of the Slow & Steady subgroup. Nancy will post a round up at her blog, Corner Loaf. I'll be back when my back, which I blew out over the weekend, recovers enough so I can walk upright again.