I'm going to hell - I got this from a website and I don't know where it was, so the credit is not mine, but I don't know who to give it to - I'm sorry God, please forgive me. As for the person I stole this from, I'm sorry, but it's too good not to share.
A little history - I love pie. I used to get pies for my birthday instead of cake because I never cared for cake. When I was a very young wife, my mom came to visit me and showed me how to make a pie crust - almost 30 years later I still didn't make them, I was intimidated by the crust... Silly I told myself, you love pie - at least try to make a crust.
So I searched and search - and found this one - it's really good - but it takes a long time because you have to put the dough back in to get it really cold before rolling it out. But now I make pie...
2 1/2 cups flour 1 Tbls sugar 1 tsp salt 2 sticks (8 oz. 16 Tbls, or 1 cup) unsalted butter, VERY COLD
Gather the ingredients. Put ice cubes into water to make it really cold.
In a wide bowl whisk 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 Tbls sugar and 1 tsp salt. Dice 2 sticks of very cold butter into 1/2 inch pieces Get your pastry blender (or 2 knives)
Make the mix: sprinkle cubed butter over the flour and with the pastry blender combine until they are pea size and then STOP - even if it looks uneven.
Get it together: Start by drizzling 1/2 cup of the ice water over the butter and flour mixture. Use a rubber spatula and gather the dough together. Add additional ice water by the Tablespoon as needed. Once you are pulling large clumps with the spatula, use your bare hands. Gather the damp clumps into one mound, kneading them gently together.
Divide the dough in half and place each half onto plastic wrap, shape it into a disk and refrigerate for 1 - 2 hours (up to 1 week or you can also freeze it)
That's it, roll it out and use it as your crust. It's very flaky and delicious.