I am at my wits end. I have been fiddling with my sourdough starter... feeding it... giving it lots of love and attempting to bake but my loaves are coming out SO HARD on the outside and still not fully done on the inside. I was attempting to use the no-knead technique to bake them..... for instance I mixed the starter, part of the flour & water the night before and allow it to rest on the counter. Then the next day I am adding the rest of the flour... allowing it to rise a few hours and then to knead it again and then shape the loaves.
I have preheated the oven to 500 with the crock..... put the bread in quickly with the lid on for 30 minutes... then take the lid off --- turning the heat down to 450 for 15 minutes and then after attempting to bake it for 15 more.... IT IS NOT WORKING!
I tried increasing the baking time by 1/2 hour in an attempt to get the middle cooked through but it does not work..... instead of having a nice crust..... IT IS SO HARD it's tough to cut it! and still not cooked through!