My aunt and uncle use pure maple syrup in this recipe. I'm not a fan of real maple syrup and regular table syrup is just maple flavored corn syrup I use butter flavored pancake syrup in mine. This year I made it for Thanksgiving and my mother in law told me it was a perfect pecan pie. I usually use frozen deep dish pie shells for this recipe as I don't have the time to roll out crust and I think they taste as good as homemade. Just make sure to thaw them first!