Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Scrub and clean sweet potatoes. Prick all over with a fork and place in an oven safe baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes or until fork tender.
Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, bring half & half or cream to a low simmer, add bay leaves. Simmer for 5 minutes, do not boil or scald.
Cut each sweet potato in half and remove meat. It should easily peel away from the skins. Place into a large food processor. Combine half & half mixture, orange juice, brown sugar and Kosher salt in the blender, puree until smooth and it lightens in color.
Serve immediately. Garnish or serve with traditional mashed potato toppings like sour cream, butter, salt and pepper or scallions.
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If you want the spicy version, add 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes when blending and top it with 1/2 cup cooked and crumbled chorizo sausage.