Sopaipillas

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1 package dry yeast
1 1/2 cup warm water
1 tablespoon shortening, melted
1 tablespoon sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
vegetable oil
sifted powdered sugar
honey (optional)

Dissolve yeast in warm water in a large mixing bowl; let stand 5 minutes.  Stir
in 1 tablespoon shortening and sugar.  Combine flour and salt; add to yeast
mixture, stirring well.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and
elastic (about 2 times).  Place in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top. 
Cover and let rise ina warm place (85 degrees), free from drafts, 1 hour or
untile doubled in bulk.  Punch dough down; roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness. 
Cut into 2 1/2-inch squares.

Pour oil to a depth of 3 inches into a dutch oven; heat to 375.  Fry a few
sopaipillas at a time in hot oil; lightly pressing down with the back of a fork
until dough starts to puff.  Release pressure, and continue frying until golden
brown, turning once; drain.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar, and if desired, serve with honey.  Yield:  2
dozen.