First thing though, tools. I have tried, knives, a special pie cutter, a fork, and even my hands. And what works best is this classic pastry tool.
Next, the ingredients for a simple pie crust:
1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2" pieces
1/3 cup vegetable shortening, also cut into 1/2" pieces
pinch of salt
1/4 cup COLD water
In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, butter, shortening and salt and mix together. Notice how white the flour is when you start.
You are ready to add the water when it starts to take on a yellowish colour, and is 'pea-sized'.
Sprinkle all of the water on top of the mixture at once, and let it sit for approx. 30 secs.
Using your tool again, begin to mix it all together. When it all starts to gather onto your tool, it is ready.
Shape it into a disc, wrap it in plastic wrap and chill for approx. 15 mins. before rolling it out.