1 cup thick buttermilk, lukewarm
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons shortening
1 pkg. active dry yeast
2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Mix together buttermilk, sugar, baking soda and shortening until shortening is softened. Add yeast to the mixture and stir to dissolve. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Mix into buttermilk mixture gradually by hand (2 additions).
Use an additional cup flour, if necessary, to make dough easier to handle. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Cover and let stand 10 minutes. Knead 8 to 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Shape into rolls and place in greased baking pan or on greased baking sheet; cover with a dampened cloth and let rise at about 85° until double in bulk, about 1 1/4 hours. Bake at 400° for 15 to 20 minutes.Recipe makes about 15 to 20 buttermilk yeast rolls.