I am new to this list, so pardon if I am asking an already much-asked question, but:
How can I create a round loaf that doesn't flatten out? I can make good sourdough bread with a crust I like using a deep, covered cast-iron pan, but the loaf spreads to the sides of the pan instead of rising high: result is an excellent loaf but with straight sides. Is this because the dough is too wet? Sourdough recipes seem to vary a lot from wet to very dry, so am at sea.