Each time I make it, I try to make it even easier:
1) After the 18 hr rising period, I don't turn it out onto anything. The towel process is horrible and if I had to do that, I wouldn't bother with the bread.
2) Now I just sprinkle the dough (in the same bowl) with a little flour and use a spatula to fold it over a few times.
3) I let it rise for the 2 hrs in that bowl.
4) Sometimes, before I put the bread into the hot pot, I sprinkle the bottom with some cornmeal but I really don't notice it enough to bother with this step anymore.
I LOVE this bread and Mr HB laughs and calls his office The Bakery. When we start getting low on bread
, I just stir up another batch and his office is the warmest room in the house.