1Preheat a deep fryer to 350 degrees.
2Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium mixing bowl.
3Add shorting and cut in like for a pie crust.
4Gradually add cold water. Mix just enough to hold together. Remove from bowl and on a floured surface knead until smooth.
5Cover and let dough rest for 5 minutes.
6Roll out on a floured surface to about 1/8 inch thick and cut into 3 inch squares.
7Drop sopapillas into a deep fryer 1 or 2 at a time, when they surface fan with the hot oil until the dough begins to rise.
8Turn the sopapillas over. When the sopapillas are light golden brown, remove and drain on paper towels or paper bag.