The following ingredients are needed to make the dough for the crust:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
8 tbsp cold
unsalted butter (1 stick)
4 to 5 tbsp ice water
MIx the first 3 ingredients in a bowl. Dice up the butter and cut into the dry ingredients using a pastry blender, fork, or your fingers. You want the dough to have pea shaped chunks of butter once incorporated.
Add in the water a tablespoon at a time until it comes together and forms a ball. (you may or may not use the 5th tablespoon). Make sure not to over mix or warm the dough too much as it will become tough and lose its flakiness.
Shape the dough into a disk and let chill in the refrigerator for at least a half hour. (this dough can stay refrigerated for a day or so if you are not going to use it immediately)