Well I finally did it!
At the age of 50, I baked my first loaf of bread
Gretchen, thank you so much for starting this thread. I made mine this weekend as per the original recipe with two minor modifications, both of which were recommended here on DC. One was to reduce the amount of water from 1 5/8 cup to 1 1/2 cup and the other was to increase the amount of salt to 2 tsp. I have to admit I had absolutely no confidense that this would work (I'm definately NOT a baker). I was so suprised when I checked the dough after 18 hours. It looked alive! I did use the cotton towels as per the recipe with no sticking issues at all. I baked mine in a cast iron dutch oven but I didn't have a lid. Soooo, I made a coller so to speak from aluminum foil and covered the top edge of the pot. Then I put a cast iron skillet on top of the foil as a lid. Still can't believe that it worked
Now that I feel a bit more confident, I'll be baking bread more often!
Man this stuff tastes good