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.