Theory and reality are two different things. One presents the best laid plans and if all steps are followed correctly, the end result should be as the hypothesis predicted. Then, of course, there is reality. The unexpected factors that were not taken into account in the original theory.
There are at least two possible outcomes- one, the end result remains the same, or two, more likely, the end result will change. Such is the case with these soft pretzels.
I made the dough and put is aside to rise. So far , so good. As time went on I noticed it was rising, but not to my expectations. Telephone rings- daughter arrives at airport from week long snowboarding trip. Last day of trip, last run, a fall on the ice- ouch! Knee swells up to the size of a very large grapefruit. Leave the house at 6:45 in the evening to pick her up. Go straight to the emergency room from the airport and wait in the emergency room until 1:00 a.m. ( I remembered at the last second before running out the door, to put the questionable dough in the refrigerator-what will be , will be.)
Enter the house at 1:15 a.m. and straight to bed. Next morning, I take the injured to work-can't push on the clutch with her leg- too painful. Finally arrive back home after a few errands and take the dough out of the fridge.
Now the question is, work it or throw it? I decide to give it a try- no big loss if it flops. And..... it works! The pretzels come out just beautiful, with a warm golden color. Half get the cinnamon sugar coating and half get the salt ( which is my favorite).
Moral? Not sure, but sometimes reality and theory come together and produce a favorable result. Worth a try!
You can find the recipe here, at Baked Sunday Mornings. Enjoy!