Heat orange juice to lukewarm; add salt, shortening, 1/4 cup honey, and sweet potatoes. Mix well, and add yeast. When yeast is dissolved, add eggs and beat well. Add flour; mix until soft dough forms. Knead dough gently in bowl.
Form dough into ball, and put in a greased bowl. Cover and let rise in warm place (85F) until dough is light and doubled in bulk (about 1-1/2 hours).
Combine butter, 1/2 cup honey, and pecans. Spread over bottom of 2 greased 8 x 12 inch baking pans.
Turn dough out onto floured board; divide in half and fit into pans over honey-nut mixture. Using 2 well-greased sharp knives, cut each pan of dough into 15 buns. Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk (30 minutes). Bake at 325F for 25 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before turning out on racks or serving plate.
Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana