It might sound difficult, but making the crust for a pie is quite simple. You have just got to be careful that everything is really chilled. I even keep the flour in the freezer. Use chilled butter and iced water with ice cubes.
All-purpose flour or maida 2 cups
Butter 230 g
Water 1/2 cup
Sugar 2 tbsps
Mix the flour and sugar and cut the butter into the mixture till it resembles bread crumbs.
Add the cold water a tablespoon at a time and make into a dough. Do not overwork the dough.
Wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate for two hours.
Divide the dough into halves. Roll out one half to line the pie dish. Roll out the other half and use it as the top crust.
Use the crust for sweet or savoury pies. For the savoury pies, leave out the sugar.