Sprinkle yeast over ½ cup of warm water letting it sit for about 5 minutes.
While the yeast dissolves place the shortening and sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer and cream them together.
Add the beaten egg, 2 cups of warm water, salt, and yeast mixture to the bowl and begin to mix.
Add flour 1 cup at a time continuing to mix until the ingredients are thoroughly combined and your dough is formed.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and pat it into a large ball. Place it in a large bowl lightly greased with vegetable oil or olive oil. Rub a little of the oil over the top of the dough to keep it from drying out.
Cover the dish with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.
When ready to use shape the dough into 3 oz small balls and place them in a greased baking pan. Let the dough rise in a warm place for about 3 hours.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes
Note: Make sure you sift the flour and fill right up the the 1 cup line.