In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add oil and sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the egg, salt and optional herbs and mix with whisk. Add enough flour (3 cups) to make a soft dough and stir together with a rubber spatula.
turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 3 to 5 minutes. Do not let rise. Divide into 12 pieces and shape each into a ball. Place 3 inches apart on a couple of greased baking sheets.
cover and let rest for about 20 minutes. Bake on center rack in oven at 420 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
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