Alabama summers are synonymous with an abundance of fresh, in-season produce. June is a particularly perfect month, offering a number of fruits that are perfect for creating delicious desserts. Here are four summer desserts using the best of Alabama's summer produce.

1. Peach Cobbler

Nothing says Southern summer quite like a classic Peach Cobbler. Alabama peaches are at their peak in June. To make this dessert, slice fresh peaches and toss them with sugar, a hint of cinnamon, and a splash of lemon juice. Top with a buttery, flaky biscuit crust and bake until golden brown. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate indulgence. The tender peaches combined with the crisp topping create a harmonious blend of flavors and textures.

2. Blueberry Lemon Parfait

Blueberries are another summer staple in Alabama, and June brings them to their best. A Blueberry Lemon Parfait is a refreshing and elegant way to enjoy local blueberries. Layer fresh blueberries with a lemon yogurt or lemon curd in individual glasses. Add a layer of granola for a satisfying crunch. The tartness of the lemon complements the sweetness of the blueberries, making this a light dessert perfect for hot summer days.

3. Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberries are one of the earliest fruits to ripen in Alabama, and by June, they're still in abundance. For a Strawberry Shortcake, start with freshly baked shortcakes or biscuits. Top with sliced, sugar-macerated strawberries that have been allowed to sit. Add a generous dollop of whipped cream. The combination of the buttery shortcake, fresh strawberries, and whipped cream is perfect.

4. Blackberry Ice Cream

Alabama's wild blackberries are a hidden gem, and June is the perfect time to enjoy them. Making Blackberry Ice Cream at home is a wonderful way to enjoy these berries. Blend fresh blackberries with sugar and a bit of lemon juice, then mix with a rich custard base. Churn in an ice cream maker until smooth and creamy. The result is a purple-hued ice cream that's both tart and sweet, providing a cool retreat from the summer heat.

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