The last couple of times I had to dissolve cocoa powder in hot water, the mixture became a thick paste and not dissolving well. I am using dutch processed cocoa powder, and I did weigh it accurately. I also weigh the water and made sure to use it right away as soon as it boils - so there’s no evaporation risk.
When this happened, I started over and the 2nd time it was okay. It bugged me though - and I thought I must have been doing something wrong, though I swear I didn’t.
One of the HCB bakers posted the same experience today. She also used dutch processed cocoa powder, though a different brand. I told her I will post a question here on the forum to see if anyone has any idea and will keep her posted.
Rose said in her recipe to sift the cocoa powder before measuring, does this have an impact? I have to admit that I forgot to sift, but I never sift cocoa powder and I’ve had successful attempts. Unless it’s coincidental and those successful attempts the cocoa was not as clumpy.
I hope this makes sense and someone has any idea . Thanks for reading!