To make a simple pie crust, combine a mix of 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt with two sticks of cold unsalted butter. When the mixture is lumpy, add cold water until it becomes pliable, then knead into a ball and refrigerate.
The dry ingredients should be fully combined before the butter is added. To add the butter, first cut each stick into small cubes. Add the cubes to the flour mixture, and cut them in using a pastry blender. When the lumps of butter are about the size of peas, begin to add the water. Slowly drizzle about 1/2 a cup of water over the flour mixture, blending with a spatula. Once the dough begins to come together, the baker should use their hands to finish combining it. Divide the dough in half and roll each half into a ball, then wrap the dough balls in plastic and refrigerate for at least two hours.
When ready to make the pie, use a rolling pin to create two flat circles of dough. Press one circle of dough into the pie dish to form the bottom crust. To ensure the crust stays crispy, fill the bottom crust with dried beans wrapped in tinfoil to prevent it from bubbling up, then bake at 475 degrees for 15 minutes.