Combine 1 1/2 cups flour with yeast; stir together about 30 seconds.
Add sugar and salt, mix well.
Add hot water and stir to combine, then add the oil and the egg. Mix completely (until the oil and the egg are no longer visible).
Add the remaining 2 cups of flour and mix until the flour is incorporated. Dough will be sticky. Lightly coat a clean surface with flour and turn dough onto the flour. Knead for 1 minute until dough comes together and is no longer so sticky.
You can shape the rolls however you prefer - I usually make crescent rolls because it's fast. To do this, you just roll the dough into a large circle (1/8-1/4 inch thick). Cut the dough into triangles with a pizza cutter and then starting with the larger end of each triangle, roll the dough up.
Place on a lightly sprayed cookie sheet, making sure that the tip of the triangle is tucked under the roll. Let the rolls rise for 15 minutes and then bake them at 425 for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden brown on top. I like to brush the rolls with a little bit of melted butter right when they come out of the oven - yummy!