Typically when I encounter an issue baking or cooking, I can search these boards and find a solution. Tonight, after a third unsuccessful attempt at making my own marshmallows, I have been driven to write this post, a plea for help to any veteran marshmallow makers.
With each attempt -- Alton Brown's recipe, Martha Stewart's recipe, and Eileen Talanian's recipe, all for vanilla marshmallows -- my marshmallows end up with an absolutely wretched flavor. It's hard for me to describe; it's almost like the smell of hay? (I admit, I'm pretty terrible at identifying and describing scents and tastes.) Sometimes, as with the marshmallows I made tonight, the flavor is subtle, then it hits your tastebuds with the aftertaste.
Has anyone else experienced this or know what the heck I'm doing wrong? I thought it might be the corn syrup that I disliked, but Eileen Talanian's recipe calls for a cane sugar syrup instead. Now I'm thinking that it may be the gelatin, but that alone doesn't seem like a good enough answer. After all, most marshmallows contain gelatin and they certainly don't taste like mine do.
If anyone has any ideas, I'd be incredibly grateful. I am determined to master this damn confection!