Brandy Mashed Sweet Potatoes In Orange Cups

7 large sweet potatoes, about 3 pounds
4 large oranges
1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3 large eggs
3/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup brandy
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt

Bake whole sweet potatoes in a 400o F oven until tender, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, make the orange cups by cutting the oranges in half and scooping out the pulp, leaving only the shell. Set aside.
Brandy sweet potatoes in orange cupsRemove potatoes from the oven and let rest until just cool enough to handle. Lower oven temperature to 350o F.
While still somewhat hot, peel the potatoes and place in a large bowl, discarding skins and any tough, stringy fibers. Add the butter, and with an electric mixer, beat out the lumps. Add the sugar, eggs, orange juice, heavy cream, and brandy, and mix until smooth. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, and mix well. Re-season, to taste.
Spoon the sweet potato mixture into the orange cups, mounding and smoothing the top. Bake until puffed and slightly golden, about 20 minutes.


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