I'm using a recipe that says to peel and cut in half 12 cloves of garlic and put it in half a cup of olive oil with bay leaves, thyme, salt, and pepper. It says to turn the heat up to medium and when the oil starts bubbling, turn it down to low and let it bubble until the garlic is soften, "about 30 minutes."
I've attempted this twice now, and both times, my garlic burns (turns very brown) before it becomes soft. And then when I let it cool (which the recipe also says to do), it becomes rock hard! I don't understand what I'm doing wrong.
For the record, I am then supposed to strain the garlic, add a tbsp of the oil back into it, and mash it up into a paste to spread on top of a roast.
I guess another question would be if there is another method I can use to yield the same results. Can I microwave the garlic to soften it? Should I roast it? It just wouldn't have the same flavors as with the oil, bay leaf, etc. I'm so confused. Thanks!