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1 package active dry yeast
2 3/4 cups warm water
2 teaspoons sugar
1 cup bread flour
2 cups unbleached flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg white
Non-stick cooking spray
Dissolve yeast in warm water and sugar for 10 minutes. Add bread flour and 1 ½ cups white flour, and salt. Mix to form a smooth dough. Turn onto a floured surface and knead with ½ cup flour as needed to make dough smooth. Knead for 5 minutes.
Spray a large bowl with non-stick cooking spray. Place kneaded dough in prepared bowl, cover with plastic wrap and a wet towel. Allow to rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1 hour. Dough should almost double.
Knead dough down and divide into 2 balls. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Spray bakig sheet or baguette pans wit cooking spray. Shape each ball into a 16x8 inch rectangle. Roll up tightly from long side. Seal well and taper ends. Place on baking sheets. Cover and allow to rise for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush loaves with water. With a sharp knife make 3 or 4 diagonal cuts about ¼ inch deep across the top of the loaves. Brush with egg white. Bake 30 minutes until loaves are golden brown.
French bread is best served immediately but day old baguettes make delicious garlic toast.