Preparation / Directions:
Combine yeast and water and set aside to proof. Mix the warmed buttermilk, sugar, shortening, and salt. sift flour with the baking soda into a large bowl. Stir yeast into the buttermilk mixture and pour onto the flour. Stir to mix well and allow to rest 10 minutes covered with a tea towel. Roll out to 1/2 inch thick and form into desired shapes.
Preheat oven to 425F degrees. Melt butter in a baking pan and place rolls in, turning to coat the tops. Allow to rise 30 minutes.
Bake until golden, about 10 to 12 minutes.
Makes about 2 dozen.