How to Make It
Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; add shortening and, using your hands, mix until evenly combined. Make a well in center of the flour mixture and add warm water. Stir until dough is thoroughly combined. Cover with plastic wrap, and let stand at room temperature, 20 minutes.
Fill a Dutch oven or other heavy bottomed pot with 3 inches of oil. Fit with a deep-fry thermometer and heat to 375°F.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead 4 or 5 times. Roll into a ¼-inch-thick square and cut into 12 3-inch squares.
Working with 3 or 4 at a time, fry dough, turning occasionally and adjusting heat so that oil stays at 375°F, until golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined baking sheet.
Combine honey, crushed red pepper, and salt in a small microwavable bowl. Microwave on HIGH until warm, about 20 seconds. Drizzle sopapillas with warm spicy honey and serve.