Yet another person with sticky dough problems
I've finally managed to get a sourdough starter working nicely, and my next problem is the sticky dough.
The initial dough starts out sticky, of course, but when I knead it it turns nicely tacky and springy. That seems right, so I let it prove. It doubles (fine), and it sticks to the bowl, but I expected that too. I punch it down and fold it a couple of times, and I'm back to tacky and springy. Good, that's what I expected too. So I put it in a bowl lined with a cotton tea towel coated with loads of flour and let it ptove again. The result is a sticky mess that I just can't separate from the tea towel. Failure.
So what did I do wrong? How do I get a loaf that will separate from the improvised banneton?