When making the brulee sugar, I recommend only using grapeseed oil (which is flavorless) or coconut oil, as a second choice. Other oils may be too strong and negatively impact the crème brulee flavor. After scraping vanilla bean, don't discard it. You can add it to a container of granulated sugar to make vanilla sugar, add it to hot chocolate, add it to your homemade bottle of vanilla extract, etc. (The latter is what I did. My homemade vanilla extract
that I made last year for Christmas is getting low. Soon, I'll be adding even more vanilla beans and vodka to the bottle.)
There are quite a few options for homemade sweetened condensed milk. Here are a few recipes: Unconventional Baker
; And Love It, Too!
; Go Dairy Free
; and Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom
If using non-dairy condensed milk, this recipe will also be vegan. Personally, I'd use full-fat coconut milk when making my own dairy-free condensed milk.