1 1/4 c All-purpose flour
1/2 ts Salt
1/2 ts Sugar; (optional)
8 tb Cold unsalted butter; cut
4 tb Ice water
Place flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor. Add
butter and process until mixture resembles coarse meal, about 10
seconds (if you don’t have a food processor, use a pastry cutter to
cut in butter). With machine running, add ice water, drop by drop,
just until dough holds together and is not wet or sticky. (You may
not need all the water. Do not overprocess.) Test dough by squeezing
a small amount together between your fingers. If it’s still crumbly,
add a bit more water. Turn out dough onto a large piece of plastic
wrap and flatten into a circle. Wrap and chill for at least an hour.
Makes a single crust for a 9-inch pie.