I use the bread machine to do all the mixing and the first rise as part of the dough cycle then make the loaf and bake it in the oven.
I'm giving this recipe 4 stars as it is. With these changes I'd say it's 5 stars. I've made this bread 5 times now. It does need more cardamom, 1 tsp works well. I also use less flour, about 2 3/4 cup. And I use 1 tsp of salt. I learned that the hard way. The first few times I made it it would fall in the middle, then I researched bread making and I learned that the salt keeps it from falling in the middle. Now I love making this bread and giving it as gifts, it's really delicious. - 20 May 2008 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
This bread is wonderful. I tripled the amount of cardamom and used 1/2 cup less flour than called for. This bread is aromatic, tasty, and perfectly risen. I baked it in the bread machine, and it is a beautiful loaf. It has a nice, crunchy crust. - 10 Feb 2006 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Also good kept in the bread machine the whole time, under 1.5 lb, light crust setting. Yum! - 09 Mar 2008 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)