Step 1: Make the dough (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)