Dissolve 1 pkg. Yeast (1 Tablespoon) in ½ cup warm water. Add 1 Tablespoon sugar, 1 cup quite warm water, 1 ½ teaspoons salt, 1 heaping Tablespoon shortening. Add 4 cups flour. Kneed and let rise 10 minutes, then stir it down. Do this every 10 minutes for 1 hour. Shape and let rise. Bake bread at 350, rolls at 375 until brown. Rub butter on top after baking while still hot if desired.
I usually double this recipe so I only have to get the 1 cup and the 1 Tablespoon dirty. Also, I used to follow the recipe as it says, but through the years I have been lazy and just let the dough rise without stirring it down every 10 minutes. I also use this dough to make pizza bread, where I just roll some of the dough out like you would for cinnamon rolls, but I put pepperoni and cheese or Canadian bacon and cheese instead. You can also make individual pizza pockets for lunches. I never make cinnamon rolls with this dough. It isn't sweet enough.