Bread machines are ultra-convenient, but those towering loaves that are the hallmark of the bread machine can sometimes be unwelcome. The easiest way to benefit from the ease of a bread machine but still have manageable loaves is oven baking your bread machine dough.
Simply let your bread machine do most of the work for you, then transfer your dough to regular loaf pans and bake them in the oven.
Follow these step by step instructions on oven baking bread machine dough.
First, follow the bread-machine recipe for making a two pound loaf (for two 9- by 6-inch loaves) or a 1 1/2 pound loaf (for two 8- by 5-inch loaves). Set the bread machine to the "dough only" setting. The machine will combine the ingredients, knead the dough and give it its first rise, then beep to indicate that the dough is ready to shape. If your machine doesn't have a "dough only" setting, you'll have to watch it carefully to see when the first rise is over and the dough gets punched down.
Remove the dough from the machine and transfer it to a flour-dusted surface. Using a knife or a bench scraper, divide the dough in half. You can use a kitchen scale to ensure that the two pieces of dough are exactly even.