This is a follow up to my apple pie post below, which has gotten some GREAT answers.
What's your favorite pie crust recipe? I do not have a lot of experience baking pies (um, I've baked a total of...1). Most recipes I see call for vegetable shortening, which I'm generally loathe to use - is it really essential?
People in the great pie recipes have mostly been taking the crust for granted, but it seems to me that's a pretty important part.